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Harold A. Menkes was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received his medical degree from the University of British Columbia in 1963. After serving an internship at University Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa, he returned to Vancouver to practice medicine. In 1965, he resumed his medical training as a resident at the Philadelphia General Hospital. He completed a fellowship in pulmonary physiology at the University of Pennsylvania in 1969, and in 1971, a fellowship in respiratory diseases at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal. Pursuing research in pulmonary circulation and lung mechanics, Menkes was offered a joint appointment as assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health in 1971. He was chosen as medical director of the Johns Hopkins Hospital’s pulmonary function lab in 1974 as well as director of a similar lab at the Good Samaritan Hospital. In 1980, Menkes received a joint appointment as professor environmental health services.

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The Harold A. Menkes collection consists of grant applications and reprints. The grant applications cover the period 1981 to 1986 proposing research on the following topics: acute reactions and chronic lung disease, physiological responses of the lung periphery to ozone, and airflow-induced constriction in the canine lung periphery. The reprint collection contains publications co-authored by Menkes from 1969 to 1987.

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