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December 27, 1941

The Man Who Lived for Tomorrow: A Biography of William Hallock Park, M.D.

JAMA. 1941;117(26):2293. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820520089042

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This is the biography of a man whose name has been associated with progressive preventive medicine and public health practices for almost fifty years. Dr. William Hallock Park began his career in this field as a member of the New York City Department of Health and there remained for forty-six years before retiring in 1936. As is so often the case with medical men who later become authorities in their respective specialties, Dr. Park had no intention of choosing this career when he graduated; on completing his internship he spent a year of special study in Europe, returning to begin the practice of otolaryngology. Because of a disagreement on the etiology of diphtheria voiced during a social call on Dr. Prudden, Park was invited to work in Prudden's quarters and there demonstrated that the Klebs-Loeffler bacillus is the cause of the disease. At that time this organism was not generally

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