The Jewish contribution to medicine Part Ill. The 19th and 20th centuries in the USA

  • H Dubovsky


The Jewish hospital movement in the USA, which started in the last century for Jews as foreign immigrants and was extended to the general population this century, is an extensive organisation. Refugee physicians from Europe laid the foundations of Jewish medical involvement in medicine in the USA with Abraham Jacobi, the founder of paediatrics, Landsteiner, who discovered blood grouping, and Waksman, who evoloved streptomycin. Other eminent workers, such as the Flexner brothers in medical education and research, Libman, who pioneered blood culture in the USA, and Salk and Sabin with the poliomyelitis vaccine were prominent in the major contribution of Jews to medicine in the USA.

SA Med J 1989; 76: 119-120

Author Biography

H Dubovsky
32 Monawee, St Andrew Street, Bloemfontein

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eISSN: 2078-5135
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