James O. Breeden
James O. Breeden worked as a professor emeritus of American history at Southern Methodist University from 1969 until 2004. Breeden taught history of medicine courses at the University of Washington in the late 1960s before coming to SMU.
Breeden’s area of historical focus was the American South, in particular antebellum Southern history. During his thirty-five year tenure at SMU, he taught the American history survey course; an undergraduate class in historiography; and Southern history courses, including the development of science and medicine in the region. He wrote and edited several books on these subjects. Breeden retired in 2004.