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The James Ewing Lecture

Murray F. Brennan, MD
Arch Surg. 1992;127(11):1290-1293. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1992.01420110032008.
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As with every prior Ewing lecturer, I am pleased to be invited to present a lecture in honor of such a distinguished physician. In reading the names of those who have delivered the Ewing Lectures, begun in 1949, one is sensitive to the quality of the company one keeps: Drs Stewart, Martin, Churchill, Adair, Treves, Pack, Brunschweig, Rhoads, Robbins, Whitmore, De Vita, to name but a few.

What about James Ewing? For many of us, Ewing is only a name, a memory most exemplified by the sarcoma that he first described in 1920.1

James Ewing was born in Pittsburgh, Pa, on December 25, 1866, to Judge Thomas Ewing and Julia Rupert Hufnagel. In 1880, at age 14 years, while at school in Pittsburgh, Ewing developed osteomyelitis of the femur following a fall, and apparently spent 2 years in bed. When he went to Amherst College (Mass) in 1884, he had


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