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December 21, 1963


JAMA. 1963;186(12):1090-1091. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03710120072019

Florence Rena Sabin was born in 1871 in Central City, Colo., a mining camp with a greater interest in a quick fortune than in scholarship and education. The town was scarcely a favorable environment for a young girl who was destined for a rich career in medical research and as a proponent of equitable rights for women in medicine and politics. Before Florence permanently retired, she had made important contributions in medical investigation and in medical teaching in the East, whereas in her native state she was largely responsible for the drafting and promulgation of public health measures that were desperately needed.1

The discovery of gold and silver deposits in the West in the second half of the 19th century attracted her father, the son of a New England physician, who came as a mining engineer to Colorado from Vermont. Florence's mother, a former school teacher, died when Florence

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