As I wrote in Did You Know That all the Great Discoveries in Hematology Before the 1950s Were Made by Non-Hematologists?, we tend to celebrate the great pioneers in hematology as fathers of the field. But, in reality, few of these men (yes, sadly, most were men) would have self-identified as hematologists. They were scholarly generalists who dabbled in many different areas. James Herrick was no exception. Herrick’s main interest wasn’t blood; it was the heart; his obituary by the American Medical Association wrote: “[He was the] foremost clinical cardiologist of the Midwest in his day… who gave one of the best descriptions of overt coronary occlusion and angina pectoris early in this century”. His writings indicate he was more comfortable with a stethoscope than a microscope.

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