James F. Coupal

James Francis Coupal


Born: 26 January 1884, Quincy Massachusetts

Died: 3 January 1935, Washington, D.C.

Academic Degrees

  • BS: Tufts College, Boston, Massachusetts, 1906
  • MD: Tufts Medical College, Boston, Massachusetts, 1909
  • MS: Tufts College, Boston, Massachusetts, 1928

Military Service

  • 1915 Captain and Assistant Surgeon, 8th Massachusetts Regiment
  • 1917 26th Division AEF
  • 1919 Commissioned Major Medical Corps, National Army
  • 1920 Regular Army Medical Corps
  • 1928 Colonel, MC, By Act of Congress

Military Assignments

  • 1922 - 1924 Head Curator of the Army Medical Museum
  • 1924 White House Physician
  • 1928 By Act of Congress, appointed Colonel in the Medical Corp.

Selected Career Highlights

  • Published on war wounds, fungal and other infectious diseases (nocardiosis; blastomycosis; gas gangrene), classification and true color reproduction of museum specimens, cancer, and history and progress of medicine and pathology.

  • Co-Editor of the IAMM Bulletin in 1924-1925.

  • As Curator of the Museum, he began reclassification, using an adaptation of Dr. Maude Abbott's modification of the Wyatt-Johnson classification.

  • During his Presidency of the IAMM, and with his active support, an appeal for financial assistance was made to the Carnegie Corporation of New York. In 1929 a generous grant of $5000 was given towards the upkeep of the IAMM Bulletin/publications.

  • Was a spirit of helpful cooperation and cheery optimism to all that knew him. During his years in office as President of the IAMM, he displayed great zeal and marked constructive ability in the extension of its field of work and the furtherance of its ideals.


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