Medicine: Public-Health Statesman

In the 40 years since he left Harvard Medical School, Colorado-born Alan Gregg has practiced medicine for only one year (as a member of the Harvard Medical Unit attached to the British Army in World War I), and he has never taught medicine. Yet no man alive has had a wider or deeper influence on both the practice and teaching of medicine than Dr. Gregg, who spent 37 years with the Rockefeller Foundation, 20 of them as head of its division of medical sciences.

On his recommendations, the foundation pushed projects that raised the...

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