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Dr. Joel Elkes, scientist who advanced research in brain chemistry, dies

Dr. Joel Elkes, scientist who advanced research in brain chemistry, dies

Dr. Joel Elkes, a scientist who advanced research in brain chemistry and early psychiatric drugs and served as the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine's psychiatrist in chief, died of a heart attack and kidney failure Oct. 30 at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Fla. The former Tuscany-Canterbury resident was 101.

"He had a complicated, multi-faced background. He was a true intellectual, a cosmopolitan man who was one of the great pioneers of psychopharmacology," said Dr. Solomon Snyder, Hopkins emeritus director of the department of neuroscience.

Dr. Elkes was "warm and generous and supportive of young people's careers. He made it possible for me to be on...

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