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June 26, 1943

Government Services

JAMA. 1943;122(9):631. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840260059019

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Dr. Spencer Appointed Director of Cancer Institute  Roscoe Roy Spencer, medical director, U. S. Public Health Service and assistant chief of the National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Md., has been appointed chief of the institute, effective August 31. He will succeed Carl Voegtlin, Ph.D., who is retiring as director. Dr. Spencer was born in Virginia, July 28, 1888. He graduated at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, in 1913 and in the same year joined the U. S. Public Health Service. He was sanitary adviser to the Navy Department, 1917-1918, officer in charge of bubonic plague suppressive measures at Pensacola, Fla., 1919-1921, and in charge of investigations of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, 1922-1929. In 1930, a year after he with Ralph R. Parker, Ph.D., Hamilton, Mont., wrote a volume on spotted fever, Dr. Spencer received a gold medal from the American Medical Association for his discovery of a preventive vaccine

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