Dr. Maurice Fishberg, sixty-two, noted anthropologist, authority on tuberculosis and expert on Jewish racial origins and heredity, died yesterday afternoon of a sudden heart attack, Dr. Fishberg, who continued in active practice until the day of his death, was on his way to his office after lunch at home. Feeling an attack coming on, Dr. Fishberg returned home, where he was stricken.
Dr. Fishberg is survived by a widow, Bertha Fishberg, two children, both physicians, Drs. Arthur Maurice and Ella Harriet Fishberg.
Dr. Fishberg was born in Kamnetz Podolsk in the Ukraine on August 16, 1872. The family came to the United States in 1890. In 1897 he obtained his M.D. from New York University. In 1905 he travelled through Europe on a mission for the United States Bureau of Immigration, investigating certain aspects of immigration problems. His report on the investigation was published by the United States government. From 1915 to 1928 Dr. Fishberg was professor of clinical medicine of the University and Bellevue Hospital Medical College. He was also chief physician of the Montefiore Hospital and the Bedford Sanitorium.
Dr. Fishberg was a member of the American Medical Association, New York Academy of Science, New York Academy of Medicine, American Ethnological Association, American Anthropological Association and the American Folk Lore Society.
Dr. Fishberg also wrote widely on many subjects. Among his books are: Material for Physicial Anthropology of the Jews, The Jewsâ€”A Study of Race and Environment, Zur Anthropologie der Juden, and Rassenmerkmale der Juden. He also wrote a Treatise on Pulmonary Tuberculosis, which went into many editions.