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Prudden, Theophil Mitchell (07 July 1849–08 April 1924), pathologist, bacteriologist, and archaeologist, was born in Middlebury, Connecticut, the son of George Peter Prudden, a Yale-educated Congregational minister, and Eliza Anne Johnson. When Prudden was a teenager, his family home was a station on the “underground railway.” He attended the Wesleyan Academy in Wilbraham, Massachusetts, before entering Yale’s Sheffield Scientific School in 1869 on a Connecticut state fellowship. Sheffield established a special premedical course for Prudden and a classmate, Thomas H. Russell, that gave them an unusual opportunity to gain skills in laboratory science and natural history. Prudden worked one summer on a western expedition with famed Yale paleontologist ...

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Wolbach, S. Burt (03 July 1880–19 March 1954), pathologist and teacher, was born Simeon Burt Wolbach in Grand Island, Nebraska, the son of Samuel N. Wolbach, a banker and merchant, and Rosa Stein. He entered Harvard University, spent two undergraduate years in the Lawrence Scientific School, and graduated from the medical school with an M.D. in 1903. His postgraduate training in pathology was at the Boston City Hospital under ...