A. S. Warthin

Alfred Scott Warthin


Born: 21 October 1866, Greensburg, Indiana

Died: 23 May 1931, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Academic Degrees

  • Teacher's Diploma in Music, 1877: Cincinnati Conservatory
  • AB: University of Indiana, 1888
  • AM: University of Michigan, 1890
  • MD: University of Michigan, 1891
  • PhD: University of Michigan, 1893

Academic Positions

  • 1891 - 1895 Assistant, then Demonstrator, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan
  • 1896 - 1903 Demonstrator then Instructor, Assistant Professor, and Junior Professor, Department of Pathology, University of Michigan
  • 1903 - 1931 Professor and Director of the Pathological Laboratories, University of Michigan (Serving the University of Michigan for over 40 years)

Selected Career Highlights

  • Studied tuberculosis of the placenta, the histology and pathology of the lymph nodes, the genetic relationship of lymphoblastomas including Hodgkin's disease, the pathology of irradiation, traumatic lipemia, lesions produced by mustard gas, and new conceptions about the pathology of latent syphilis.

  • His translation/revision of the 10th and 11th editions of Ziegler's General Pathology and his own Practical Pathology and Autopsy Protocols were useful aids to an entire generation of medical students.

  • Authored numerous essays about the culture and philosophy of medicine; many editorials in Annals of Internal Medicine and three books completed just before his death: Old Age (1929), The Creed of a Biologist (1930), and The Physician of the Dance of Death (1931).

  • Played a major role in the development and maintenance of the IAMM: President from 1910-1911 and 1915-1916. 1914: International Councillor and First Vice-President of the American Section (which had his continued support for 24 years).

  • Co-editor of the IAMM Bulletin 1910-1918.

  • Unusually gifted in public address, vivacious, dynamic and compelling in speech, he enlivened and enriched the meetings he attended. Unbounding energy and meticulous attention to details.


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