Holt, Luther Emmett
- Donald L. Opitz
Holt, Luther Emmett (04 March 1855–14 January 1924), pediatrician and medical educator, was born in Webster, New York, near Rochester, the son of Horace Holt and Sabrah Amelia Curtice, farmers. Educated at Webster Academy and Marion Academy, he entered the University of Rochester, then a small Baptist university, at the age of sixteen and graduated in 1875 seventh in his class. Following graduation Holt taught for a year at the Riverside Institute in Wellsville, New York. During this time he read independently in anatomy and physiology and decided to pursue a career in medicine. His earnings from teaching and contributions from his parents allowed him to enter the University of Buffalo Medical College in 1876. Within a year he began a student internship at the newly established Hospital for the Relief of the Ruptured and Crippled in New York City, under the noted physician and orthopedic surgeon Virgil Pendleton Gibney. During his internship he also continued his medical education at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. In 1880 he received his M.D. among the top ten of his class; he was awarded his choice of an internship at one of four leading hospitals. He chose Bellevue Hospital, where he worked for eighteen months in the bacteriology laboratory of ...