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Lumsden, Leslie Leonlocked

(14 June 1875–08 November 1946)
  • Jon M. Harkness


Lumsden, Leslie Leon (14 June 1875–08 November 1946), epidemiologist and public health administrator, was born in Granite Springs, Virginia, the son of James Fife Lumsden, a merchant and farmer, and Martha Ann Hillman. His early education took place at private schools in Virginia. He gained admission to the Medical School of the University of Virginia without an undergraduate degree (a common practice at American medical schools well into the early twentieth century) and graduated with an M.D. in 1894. Lumsden secured an internship at the newly established Johns Hopkins Hospital, which with the related Baltimore medical school was setting a new American standard for excellence in medical education. His stint at Hopkins and two additional internships at New York hospitals gave Lumsden four years of postgraduate medical training. In March 1898 he was awarded a commission in the U.S. Public Health Service (then the Marine Hospital Service) after passing a series of rigorous examinations....

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