Soviet newspapers devoted much space to praise of Professor Boris Weisbord, leading Jewish surgeon, who recently completed thirty-five years in the medical profession.
Professor Weisbord is founder and chief of the Moscow Surgical Clinic and has an international reputation as the man responsible for the remarkable medical advances in the Soviet Union. He was personal physician to Lenin. During the civil war in Russia he held high posts in the Red Army.
He had intended to become an engineer, but the numerus clausus restrictions in Czarist Russia had prevented him from enrolling in the engineering school at the University of Kharkov. He entered the medical school instead.
Shortly before he was to graduate Professor Weisbord was expelled from school for revolutionary activities. He returned secretly, however, and took his examinations, passing out at the head of his class. Despite the fact that he had no diploma he was immediately made a member of the staff of a leading Moscow hospital. He made a great reputation as a surgeon, but was continually hampered by lack of a diploma. It was not until after the revolution that he finally obtained his desired diploma.