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December 27, 1965


JAMA. 1965;194(13):1383-1384. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090260043017

George M. Sternberg, bacteriologist and epidemiologist, of the US Army Medical Corps, was born in Otsego County, NY, the son of a Lutheran minister and principal of the Hartwick Seminary.1 At the age of 16 he concluded undergraduate education and began teaching school in New Germantown, NJ. Three years later he began the study of medicine under Dr. Horace Lathrop of Cooperstown, NY, and in succession attended the Buffalo School of Medicine in upstate New York and the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. Sternberg practiced in Elizabeth City, NJ, until May, 1861, when he enlisted in the Federal army. His service in the field was brief as he was captured at the battle of Bull Run, but he escaped shortly and served throughout the remainder of the war in various capacities in the Medical Corps. Following the war he chose the Army as a career,