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June 23, 1956


JAMA. 1956;161(8):733. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970080063020

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At the Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association in Chicago, June 11, the House of Delegates selected Dr. Walter L. Bierring of Des Moines, Iowa, to receive the Distinguished Service medal. Dr. Bierring is a past-president of the American Medical Association, of the Iowa State Medical Society, and of the Johnson County and Polk County medical societies in Iowa. Born in Davenport 88 years ago, he received his M.D. degree at the State University of Iowa College of Medicine, then studied at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, the University of Vienna in Austria, and at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. For 10 years he was professor of pathology and bacteriology and for another 10 years professor of the theory and practice of medicine at the State University of Iowa. He was professor of medicine at Drake University Medical School from 1910 to 1914. He became professor emeritus of

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