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Monday, September 12, 1910. :   Alexander Langmuir, the man credited with saving thousands of lives through his work on epidemiology, is born.

     Alexander Duncan Langmuir, born on 12 September 1910, is considered to be the father of infectious disease epidemiology. Epidemiology is the science of studying the causes, distribution, and control of disease in populations. Because it is the science of connecting disease or injury with a cause, it enables the possibility of eliminating that cause.

In 1949, Langmuir created and headed up the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) at the National Communicable Disease Center in Atlanta, now known as the Federal Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. He has been credited with saving countless lives with his innovative research and analytical approach. His work contributed significantly to the virtual elimination of polio in the United States. Dr David Henderson, deputy of the assistant secretary of health at the Department of Health and Human Services, led the World Health Organization's (WHO) program to eradicate smallpox. However, Henderson maintained that the real credit should have gone to Langmuir.

Langmuir died on November 22, 1993. His legacy lives on in the better quality of life enjoyed by millions throughout the world, thanks to his powerful contribution to the science of epidemiology.


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Thought For Today
Be honest and just when you make decisions in legal cases; do not show favouritism to the poor or fear the rich.
Leviticus 19:15 (c) GNB
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