Morton Freeman Mason Biographical File

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Morton Freeman Mason Biographical File
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Biographical file inclues a Morton F. Mason Lectureship program from The University of Texas at Dallas.

Preferred Citation

Mason, Morton Freeman (1902-. Eskind Biomedical Library Special Collections, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN.

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Historical or Biographical Note

Morton F. Mason received his B.S. degree from Oregon State, where he excelled at field and track. He then later made the tough decision to pursue graduate education during the Great Depression, choosing Duke University School of Medicine. He received a Ph.D. in biochemistry there in 1934. Mason and his wife then proeeded to Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where Mason joined an investigatory team with Dr. Tinsley R. Harrison and Dr. Alfred Blalock, undertaking liver, renal, and hypertension projects.

Mason left Vanderbilt after ten years of teaching and research to pursue travelling fellowships in England and Switzerland. Dr. Harrison then asked Mason to join him in developing a first class medical school at Dallas. Mason consented, rising to full professor at Southwestern Medical School. He served as a progressive Director of the Clinical Chemistry Laboratory at Parkland Hospital and made significant advances in the field of toxicology, ultimately leading to the formal organization of the Criminal Investigation Laboratory. In addition to receiving numerous professional awards and recognitions, Mason has written over 100 scientific publications dealing with renal physiology, forensic chemistry, and analytical toxicology.

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Other Keywords - Digital Library Subjects

  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Pharmacology/Toxicology
  • Physiology
  • VUMC History

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