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Carl W. Rand, MD
CARL WHEELER RAND was born in Monson, Massachusetts. He attended Monson Academy and then was graduated from Williams College as a Phi Beta Kappa, and also received a Master’s degree in English. In 1912, he was graduated from John Hopkins Medical School. After internship at the John Hopkins Hospital under Dr. William Halstead, he went to be with Dr. J.B. Murphy, the famous surgeon in Chicago where he remained for one year as senior resident in general surgery.
In 1914, Dr. Harvey Cushing invited him to start a residency in neurosurgery with him at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston. Upon completion of his training he moved to Los Angeles to begin private practice in General Surgery and Neurological Surgery. He enlisted in the United States Army Medical Corp in 1916, and went to the front lines of France, where he practiced Neurological Surgery as a First Lieutenant for two years until the end of the war, November 11, 1918.
Upon Dr. Rand’s return to Los Angeles, he practiced with Dr. Frederick Coller for two years in General Surgery and developed his practice in Neurological Surgery. Dr. Coller returned to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to become the Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Dr. Rand remained in Los Angeles, soon limiting his practice completely to Neurosurgery. He started the Neurological Surgical Service at the Los Angeles County General Hospital (USC Medical Center) and the Neurological Surgical Service at the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital and at the Wadsworth Veterans’ Administration Hospital in West Los Angeles. Many fine neurosurgeons have graduated from these programs, most of whom have remained in the Southern California area.
Dr. Rand authored more than 100 scientific articles and three books:
The Neurosurgical Patient
Brain Tumors in Childhood
Intraspinal Tumors in Childhood
. He wrote even more voluminously in poetry and music.
Honors have included Phi Beta Kapa and Alpha Omega Alpha Societies. He founded with colleagues, the Bulletin of the Los Angeles Neurological Psychiatry Society which has been published continuously and up to the present time for almost 50 years.
Society memberships included the American Medical Association, The California Medical Association, the Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons, the Harvey Cushing Neurosurgical Society, the Society of Neurological Surgeons and others.
He was married to Catherine Humphrey, and they had four children, three daughters, Sarah Ellen McCullock, Elizabeth Day, Jenny Gaudino (deceased) and one son, Robert W. Rand, M.D., a neurosurgeon.
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