Dr James T Case

Drs. James T. & Helena M. Case

Dr James T Case MD

Dr Helena M Case MD

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James and Helena Case were members of the Forum. Dr. James Thomas Case was one of the leading radiologists of the early period of radiology between 1900 and 1942. An accomplished surgeon and clinician, he became very interested in the development of radiology as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool. Very early in his career, he traveled extensively in Europe, primarily France and Germany, acquainting himself with the development and advances in radiology, which were occurring predominantly in those countries. He was fluent in several languages, especially German, French, and Spanish. His translations of Alban Koehler's text on Borderlands of the Normal and Early Pathologic Skeletal Roentgenology and the multi-volume work of Schinz, Baensch, Friedl and Uehlinger were well received.

James T Case was born on 5 Jan 1882, son of James Henry Case and Francis Fannie Robertson in San Antonio, Texas. On 28 Aug 1908, in Battlecreek, Michigan, James married (Jesse) Helena Margaret Sargent (1883-1959), who was born on the Isle of Wight, England. Her parents were Daniel Sargent and Francis White. They had two children, Margaret Francis, born November 2, 1915 in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, USA in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Herbert Roland, born 27 Mar 1910 in Creek, Calhoun, Michigan, USA.

James and Helena both attended the American Missionary College of Medicine in Chicago in the same period as Dr Lena and William Sadler. James T Case was trained in surgery and practiced at the Battle Creek Sanitarium, Michigan. Dr. Case was particularly interested in gastrointestinal radiology as well as osteology. In 1913, he was one of the founders of the Chicago Roentgen Society. In 1914, he published a four-volume work on the GI tract. He published over 100 major articles during his professional career, and he was appointed editor of the American Journal of Roentgenology in 1916. He traveled extensively in Central and South America, conducting teaching seminars and visiting South American radiologists. He was president of the Chicago Roentgen Society in 1915-1917. In World War I, he was the Chief of Radiological Services for the American Expeditionary Forces in France. In 1920, he was President of the American Roentgen Ray Society and the American Radium Society in 1923.

In 1929, they moved permanently to Chicago, though it is evident through his letters that James was consistently involved professionally in Chicago from 1907. He was the first Professor and Chairman of the Department of Radiology at Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Illinois and editor for the American Journal of Surgery. During various periods, he was a radiologist at Evanston Hospital, Highland Park Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital, and St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago. There is no record that the Cases performed any regular duties associated with the contact commission while in Chicago and it is in probably an consultative capacity of observation that their names were mentioned in a letter by Julia Fenderson. Additionally, James T Case was excellent recording oral dictation and transcribed an entire interview with John Harvey Kellogg in 1907 that is in the UBHS library.

Margaret Frances Case, their daughter, spent her teenage years in Cooperstown, NY, at the Knox School for Girls, and maintained a regular correspondence with her father, Dr. James T. Case. The letters from Dr. Case to his daughter are full of fatherly affection, as well as concern for Margaret's academic progress and his wife's chronic ill health. After moving to Chicago, his letters to his daughter encouraged her to join "the Forum." In one letter to his daughter, he refers to John Harvey Kellogg as Grandpa Kellogg. Though Helena was not one of the seven officially adopted children of the Kelloggs, she was one of the many SDA children who were considered family.

In the 1950s the Cases moved to Santa Barbara, California. Helena died 10 Aug 1959 and James on 24 May 1960. Dr James T Case bequeathed money to the Urantia Brotherhood upon his death.

Dr James T Case received the gold medals of the Radiological Society of North America, the American Roentgen Ray Society, and the American College of Radiology. Unquestionably, he was the most widely known and respected American radiologist of his time. 

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