Medicine: Colorado Crusader

In Colorado, the fur flew. The cause of the commotion was a grey, chunky, 75-year-old woman, who stumped up & down the state, making three speeches a day, buttonholing businessmen, doctors, politicians, writing letters morning & night. Dr. Florence Rena Sabin, "the greatest living woman scientist" (according to Dr. Simon Flexner, late famed director of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research), was out to reduce Colorado's shockingly high death rate from disease.

It all began quietly two years ago, when Colorado's Governor John C. Vivian appointed Florence Sabin chairman of a state postwar health committee. Dr. Sabin, bearing twelve honorary degrees, had...

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