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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
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I am a new member with a question regarding schooling. How might I learn where my great grandfather an MD, went to medical school?  I know his dates and locations, but don't know where to begin this search.



I would suggest searching for an obituary for him first off.  Often this source will reveal the educational background relating to a particular school might be noted.  Sadly there is no master index of all known medical school graduates.  We do have a book called the The Deceased Physicians Directory (1804-1929).  If he died after 1929, the following address may assist you further for your great-grandfather.  They maintain an archives for the American Medical Association at this facility.


 The National Library of Medicine
History of Medicine Division
Building 38, Room 1E-21
8600 Rockville Place
Bethesda, Maryland 20894
(301) 402-8878

Posted by David Lambert at 08/18/2010 05:16:17 PM | 

I am currently researching all physicians who practiced medicine in Chippewa county, Wisconsin, from 1855 through 1930. As the "question" indicates that dates and locations are known, I would suggest that one should also examine two directories that maintain indexes by location, i.e. American Medical Directory that starts in 1906 through the present; and, Polk's Medical and Surgical Directory of the United States that starts in 1886 and ends in 1917. There are, of course, state specific directories as well.
Posted by: Roger N. Whiting ( Email ) at 8/25/2010 9:10 PM

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