James Buchanan "Diamond Jim" Brady
1856 - 1917
Born in New York City, James Buchanan Brady made his fortune by selling railroad equipment. "Diamond Jim" Brady loved jewelry and had numerous sets made for himself, one for each month of the year. These included several diamond sets, of which the largest had a scarf pin of 33 carats and a ring of 25.5 carats.
In addition to being obese, hypertensive and diabetic, Mr. Brady also had gallstones, an obstructing prostate and infected urine. The only physician willing to operate on him was Hugh Hampton Young, MD who used his punch on Mr. Brady in 1912 to resect his prostate. The next day, Dr. Young left for a prearranged speaking engagement in Europe. Mr. Brady's recovery was rather stormy, and it was several months before he could leave the hospital.