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Arnold R. Rich was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He attended the University of Virginia, where he received his B.A. in 1914 and his M.A. in 1915. Rich received his M.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1919 and was then appointed assistant in pathology. In 1944, he was promoted to professor of pathology and in 1947 he was named the Baxley Professor of Pathology and director of the department. He also served at the Johns Hopkins Hospital for nearly 40 years, retiring as pathologist-in-chief in 1958. He conducted research on bacterial allergy and immunity, hypersensitivity, serum sickness, jaundice, and tuberculosis. His book Pathogenesis of Tuberculosis became the standard text in the field.

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The Arnold R. Rich Collection spans much of his career at Johns Hopkins. It contains family material, correspondence files, departmental administrative records, unpublished manuscripts, journal reprints, index cards, notes, and slides from Rich’s lectures. The family material includes correspondence with Rich’s parents and with his wife, as well as a few original poems by his daughter, Adrienne. Correspondents represented in departmental and general correspondence include William Welch, William MacCallum, and Florence Sabin. Articles and reference materials cover subjects such as tuberculosis, jaundice, and congenital diseases.

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