Medicine: Microscope Warrior

The newspapers printed her picture. Physicians bombarded the Health Department with petitions and letters on her behalf. The Mayor made a special inspection trip to her working quarters. But in her small laboratory in a musty building at the end of a musty Manhattan street, Dr. Anna Wessels Williams last week kept her eyes to a microscope as closely as she had for 39 years. In those 39 years, first as bacteriologist, then as assistant director of the New York City Health Department's laboratories, she had become one of her country's foremost bacteriologists,...

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