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A. Stone Freedberg

AKA Abraham Stone Freedberg

Born: 30-May-1908
Birthplace: Salem, MA
Died: 25-Aug-2009
Location of death: Boston, MA
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Doctor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Found H. Pylori near stomach ulcers

For years, coroners had noticed a tendency for spirochete bacteria to be present in autopsies of patients with ulcers, but they generally ascribed this phenomenon to post-mortem buildup. Between 1939 and 1941, Freedberg performed and published research documenting his finding the bacteria in living patients, but this was never confirmed by other researchers and he was discouraged from further research. In 1983, J. Robin Warren and Barry J. Marshall publish a letter in The Lancet describing this apparent infectious cause of ulcers, and in 1984, their formal paper is published in the same journal. Like Freedberg's earlier work, it is met with skepticism. In subsequent years, consensus turns, and Warren and Marshall are jointly awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize in Medicine. Until the time of his death, Freedberg remained extremely active.

Brother: Milton
Wife: Bea (m. circa 1935, d. 2000, two sons)
Son: Leonard
Son: Richard

    University: Harvard University (1929)
    Medical School: MD, University of Chicago (1934)

    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Chairman of Cardiology

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