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James Bordley, III was born in Centerville, Maryland, into a distinguished family of Eastern Shore physicians. He received a Ph. B. from Yale University in 1923 and his M.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1927. After completing a medical residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Bordley was appointed as a National Research Council Fellow, studying pharmacology at University of Pennsylvania and physiology at Harvard Medical School. He returned to Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1932 as a Jacques Loeb Fellow and was appointed an associate in medicine in 1934. Bordley became the Editor of the Bulletin of Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1936 and was promoted to associate professor in medicine in 1937 specializing in diseases of the kidney, renal physiology and hypertension. In World War II, Colonel Bordley was a major organizer of Johns Hopkins 118th Hospital Unit, leading the medical unit as the chief of medical service. He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious achievement and service on Leyte, Philippines Islands. Bordley returned to Johns Hopkins Hospital and assisted in the organization and management of the private outpatient clinic. In 1947, he assumed the position of director and physician-in-chief of the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown, New York and clinical professor of medicine at Columbia University. Bordley retired in 1966 to become a Visiting Professor of Internal Medicine at the National Defense Medical Center in Taipei and was a medical advisor to President Chiang Kai-shek and his family. Bordley was co-author with A. McGhee Harvey of the books, Differential Diagnosis: The Interpretation of Clinical Evidence and Two Centuries of American Medicine.

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The James Bordley III, Collection consists primarily of the World War II Johns Hopkins Base Unit Hospital 118 documents, its official history, correspondence and some memorabilia and photographs. The collection also contains research Bordley conducted on hypertension and schistomasiosis while on Leyte, Philippines Islands. In addition to the World War II documents, the collection includes minutes of the Commission on Chronic Illness from 1949-1953.

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