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Florence Rena Sabin (1871-1953) was an American anatomist and medical researcher. Her excellent and innovative work on the origins of the lymphatic system, blood cells, and immune system cells, and on the pathology of tuberculosis was well-recognized during her lifetime. She was also a trailblazer for women in science: the first woman to hold a full professorship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the first woman elected to the National Academy of Sciences, and the first woman to head a department at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research. In her retirement years, she pursued a second career as a public health activist in Colorado, and in 1951 received a Lasker Award for this work.
As part of its Profiles in Science project, the National Library of Medicine has collaborated with the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College and the American Philosophical Society to digitize and make available over the World Wide Web a selection of the Florence R. Sabin Papers for use by educators and researchers. This site provides access to the portions of the Florence R. Sabin Papers that have been selected for digitization. Individuals interested in conducting research in the Florence R. Sabin Papers are invited to contact the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College and the American Philosophical Society.
This online Exhibit is designed to introduce you to the various phases of Sabin's scientific career and professional life. It is divided into sections that focus on Sabin's life and major scientific contributions. We suggest that new visitors begin with this exhibit, which includes a small selection of documents and visuals, organized within these sections. Each section begins with a "Background Narrative," which leads to "Documents" and "Visuals."
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