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Clinton Ethelbert Brush was born in South Orange, New Jersey, in 1879. He received his B.S. from New York University in 1899 and his M.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1903, studying under Sir William Osler and working with William H. Howell to further understanding of blood pressure. During his time in medical school, Brush was an avid photographer. His pictures make up a portion of the photographs in Alan M. Chesney’s second volume of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine: A Chronicle. After completing his medical residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1905, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee to become the Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Nashville from 1905 until 1909. From 1909-1911 Brush was promoted to the Professor of Medicine for the University of Nashville and the University of Tennessee’s Medical Schools. From 1911-1913, Brush was the Associate Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt Medical School. After 1913, he devoted time to his private practice in Nashville, until he retired in 1974.

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The Clinton E. Brush Collection covers his time as a practicing physician, with an emphasis on his years at Johns Hopkins Medical School. The Collection includes a personal memoir and an audio interview conducted by Gottlieb Friesinger. Both items are recollections of his past. The memoir is a general reminiscence of childhood and family, ancestral information, years at New York University, and time at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The audio interview consists of “recollections at Johns Hopkins at the turn of the Century,” focusing on teachers and colleagues, particularly Sir William Osler. A small portion of his memoir was published in the Hopkins Medical News in 1980. A copy of the original can be found in the Victor Almon McKusick Collection.

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