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One of the highest honors that can be awarded to a physician in this country, the gold Distinguished Service medal and citation of the American Medical Association, was presented to Dr. Tom D. Spies by the American Medical Association's President, Dr. David B. Allman, at the Inaugural Meeting in the WaldorfAstoria Hotel on June 4 during the 106th Annual Meeting in New York. Dr. Spies was selected by the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association for outstanding work in the field of nutrition. Through his researches, pellagra in the southern United States and tropical sprue in Cuba and Puerto Rico have been virtually eliminated. Perhaps his greatest contribution has been his study of the dietary requirements for the preservation of tissue integrity, whereby premature aging can be prevented.
Dr. Spies was born in Ravenna, Texas, September 21, 1902. He received his A.B. degree from the University of Texas
DR. SPIES RECEIVES DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL. JAMA. 1957;164(8):878. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980080048013