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The Lawrence R. Wharton Collection

  • Creator: Wharton, Lawrence Richardson (1887 - 1974)

  • Collection Date: 1917, 1970

  • Extent: 0.5 linear foot

Lawrence R. Wharton
by Greystone
black and white photograph, 1940


Lawrence R. Wharton, the son of missionaries, was born in Harda, India. He earned his Ph.B. in 1907 from Hiram College and took graduate courses in chemistry at the Johns Hopkins University and DePauw University. He received his M.D. in 1915 from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. During World War I, he served with the Johns Hopkins Hospital Base Hospital Unit 18 in France. In 1920, Wharton joined the faculty of the school of medicine in the department of gynecology and obstetrics; in 1958, he was appointed assistant professor emeritus. He also served on the staff of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Wharton published numerous articles and a textbook in his specialty.

Hopkins Affiliations

Scope and Content

The Lawrence R. Wharton Collection consists of two items. The first is a medical notebook from Wharton's service in World War I, dated September 1917. This volume describes treatments for war injuries and includes a brief discussion of ward routine; some of the notes are accompanied by pencil sketches. The second item in the collection is a copy of Wharton's unpublished manuscript entitled William Wallace Spence -- the biography of a prominent Baltimorean who was one of the founders of Mercantile Bank and who commissioned the copy of the Thorwaldsen statue of Christ for the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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