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Palmer H. Futcher Collection

Palmer Futcher
  • Creator: Futcher, Palmer H. (1910 - 2004)

  • Collection Date: 1877-2004

  • Extent: 4.77 linear feet

Palmer Futcher
student record portrait photograph by unknown photographer
black and white photograph, 1.5 x 2 inches, 1932.


Palmer Futcher was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Thomas B.Futcher, a Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine assoicate professor. He was also a god son of William Osler. Futcher received a B. A. from Harvard University in 1932 and an M.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1936. He served an internship and residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital under the guidance of W.T. Longcope. Futcher pursued post-graduate research at the Rockfeller Institute under D.D. VanSlyke, before returning to Johns Hopkins Hospital as Longcope's chief resident. With the outbreark of World War II, Futcher was commissioned as a lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve and attained the rank of Commander (MC). After the war, he returned briefly to the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as an instructor in medicine before accepting a position at Washington University as an assistant professor of medicine, working with fellow Harvard and Johns Hopkins University Medical School alumn, Barry Wood. In 1948 Futcher returned to Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as an associate professor in medicine and as the physician-in-charge of the private outpatient service, Johns Hopkins Hospital. Futcher was an assistant dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine from 1959 to 1962 and was then appointed director of the university health clinic and the personnel health clinic. Named executive director of the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1967, Futcher moved to Philadelphia. In 1971 he was appointed to the Univeristy of Pennsylvania School of Medicine faculty. He later worked at the Veterans Administration Hospital until his retirement.

Hopkins Affiliations

1932 - 1936 Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, student
1936 - 1941, 1948-1957, 1961-1966 Johns Hopkins Hospital
1941 - 1946, 1948 - 1966 Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Scope and Content

The Palmer H. Futcher Collection contains extensive Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine memorabilia related to his father, Thomas Futcher, William Osler and Harvey Cushing. There is also a collection of Futcher's medical notes taken over the course of his medical career and material related to the Harvard Class of 1932 and subsequent reunions.

Policy on Access and Use

This collection may contain some restricted records. Materials pertaining to patients, students, employees, and human research subjects, as well as unprocessed collections and recent administrative records, carry restrictions on access. For more information about the policies and procedures for access, see Policy on Access and Use.

Permissions and Credits

When citing material from this collection, credit The Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives of The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. For permission to reproduce images, contact the holder of the copyright.

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