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David I. Macht Collection

  • Creator: Macht, David I. (1882 - 1961)

  • Collection Date: 1917-1957

  • Extent: 0.75 linear feet



David Isreal Macht was born in Moscow. He arrived in the United States as a child and attended Baltimore City College. He received his A.B. from the Johns Hopkins University in 1902, and his M.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1906. After postgraduate work in Europe, Macht was appointed to the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine faculty and Johns Hopkins Hospital staff in 1908. As an associate of John J. Abel in the department of pharmacology, Macht pursued his interest in the use of live plants or plant tissue for the detection and study of drugs and poisons. He was considered a pioneer in phytopharmacology. In 1932, Macht became director of the pharmacological research laboratory, at Hyson, Westcott & Dunning, Inc. in Baltimore, where he continued his research in phytopharmacology as well as studies in photopharmacology and psychopharmacology. In 1945, Macht was appointed the research pharmacologist at Sinai Hospital where he continued an active research career until 1957.

Hopkins Affiliations

1902 - 1906 Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, student
1908 - 1932 Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
1908 - 1932 Johns Hopkins Hospital

Scope and Content

The David Israel Macht Collection contains reprints published between 1917 and 1957. Topics include studies on menotoxin, cobra venom, penicillin as a blood coagulant, the pharmacology of blood serum exposed to roentgen rays, and numerous other pharmacology studies. There are also reprints on the history of medicine (1942-1954) covering topics on biblical references to medical phenomenon.

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.

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