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October 6, 1956

THE NATURAL HISTORY OF DISEASEFRANK BILLINGS MEMORIAL LECTURE

JAMA. 1956;162(6):568-572. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.72970230010010
Abstract

Appropriately, we are met today to honor the memory of a great clinician and medical statesman, Frank Billings, in Chicago, where his fine professional stature and eminence were attained. In 1878, a sturdy farm lad from Iowa County, Wisconsin, matriculated in the Chicago Medical College (now Northwestern University Medical School). Of splendid Anglo-Saxon stock, he was superbly endowed physically and intellectually. Upon completion of a common public school education, young Billings had attended the Platteville (Wisconsin) State Normal School for two years. Thereafter, he taught a country school in the town of Eden. His prompt advancement to the principalship of the Platteville High School was, in retrospect, a true forecast of his driving ambition and capacity.

Upon graduation from the Chicago Medical College, Dr. Billings served an internship in Cook County Hospital, a coveted post for the young physicians of that period. The investment of postgraduate studies in London, Paris,

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