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The Abraham Flexner lectureship was established in 1927 at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine by Mr. Bernard Flexner of New York. The income is used to secure as lecturer, at intervals of two years, some eminent physician or scientist who is enabled by the terms of the gift not only to deliver a course of lectures but also to become a member of the medical faculty for a period of two months. The fifth and most recent lecturer in this series was Dr. Thorvald Madsen, who is director of the State Serum Institute of Denmark, Copenhagen, and chairman of the Health Committee of the League of Nations. The five formal lectures delivered by him are now republished in book form to reach, it is hoped, a wider audience. The first is on the control of venereal disease in Denmark with special reference to syphilis, the second on the mechanism
Lectures on the Epidemiology and Control of Syphilis, Tuberculosis, and Whooping Cough, and Other Aspects of Infectious Disease. JAMA. 1938;110(17):1394–1395. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790170074037
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