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Thomas B. Futcher was born in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada. He received an M. B. from the University of Toronto Medical School in 1893. Moving to Maryland in 1894, Futcher worked briefly at the Mt. Airy sanitarium before serving as William Osler’s assistant resident physician in medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. From 1898 to 1901, Futcher was Osler’s resident physician and an instructor and than an associate of medicine. He was promoted subsequently as an associate professor of medicine and chief of the medical clinic, Johns Hopkins dispensary. Continuing his teaching responsibilities as his private patient practice prospered, Futcher was named as a visiting phyisican of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and an associate professor in clinical medicine of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1914; titles he held until his death. He was active in the Baltimore City Medical Society serving as its president in 1921. He was also president of the Association of American Physicians in 1931.

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The Thomas B. Futcher Collection consists of correspondence and a volume of bound notes. The notes, written by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine student Joseph H. Pratt (class of 1898), are mostly from Futcher’s clinical microscopy course, but also include several lectures by William S. Thayer. Additional original material pertaining to Thomas Futcher can be found in the personal paper collection of his son Palmer Futcher.

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