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Dr Harvey Blank was born in Chicago on June 21, 1918. Dr Blank was educated at the University of Chicago, where he received a bachelor of science degree in 1939 and a doctorate in medicine in 1942. He served in the US Army from 1943 through 1946, becoming the commanding officer of General and Station Hospitals, Okinawa, Japan.
In 1946, following his discharge from the US Army, Dr Blank became a resident in dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. He became a fellow in virology of the National Research Council, Washington, DC, in 1948. Dr Blank served as assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania from 1948 through 1951. From 1951 through 1956, he was director of cutaneous research at E. R. Squibb & Sons, Princeton, NJ, and also held an appointment at Columbia University, New York. In 1956, Dr Blank was asked to establish a department
Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae of Harvey Blank, MD. Arch Dermatol. 1989;125(2):211. doi:10.1001/archderm.1989.01670140063009