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Chicago Jewish Physician Isolates Long-Sought-For Germ of Dreaded Influenza

December 15, 1929
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Dr. Isadore A Falk, the 30-year-old Jewish professor of hygiene and bacteriology at the University of Chicago, announced today that he had discovered and isolated the germ of influenza. Dr. Falk’s discovery is said to make him a conspicuous figure among the scientific men of the world who are candidates for the Nobel Prize for medicine.

Dr. Falk’s discovery is the result of six years’ investigation. His work was jointly financed by the University of Chicago and the Influenza Commission established by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. When he ran out of monkeys for innoculation purposes, and he used about 150 of them, more were bought with funds supplied by Julius Rosenwald. Experiments-which Dr. Falk hopes will lead to the discovery of an influenza vaccine will be carried on this winter in the army.

The youthful investigator was born in Brooklyn. N. Y., and got his Ph.B (Continued on Page 3)

He is resigning from the faculty of the University of Chicago within a few days to become associated with the director of the Rockefeller and Rosenwald Foundations Joint Staff, which is carrying on an investigation as to the cost of medical care.

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