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William Holmes Crosby

Born  1914
Died  1915

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born 1914. Washington D.C; died January 15, 2005, Joplin, Missouri.

Biography of William Holmes Crosby

William Holmes Crosby was chief of the department of haematology at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington from 1951 to 1965. From 1960 to 1965 he was also head of the cancer chemotherapy program at Walter Reed General Hospital. It was here, with Heinz W. Kugler, he developed the Crosby-Kugler Capsule. Crosby was editor-in-chief of the journal Vox Sanguinis 1960-1963. His thirty-year career in the U.S. Army took him to the battlefields of two wars – World War II and the Korean War – and he obtained the rank of colonel. He was awarded the Bronze Star in 1944 and two Oak Leaf Clusters, in 1945 and 1953.

Late in his medical career he began devoting more time to a scholarly passion and the writing of poetry. In 1991 his translations of two of Baudelaire's works were published: "The Flowers of Evil and "Paris Spleen,"


  • W. H. Crosby Jr, W. H. Crosby Sr, H. W. Kugler:
    An instrument for serial sampling of intestinal juice: the intestinal cup--a means of locating the site of intestinal bleeding.
    The American Journal of Digestive Diseases, March 1960, 5: 213-216. W. H. Crosby:
    Lady Macbeth as a terminal case [editorial]. Missouri Medicine, 1989, 86: 209, 242.

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