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American-israel Medical Center to Be Built Near Tiberias

August 13, 1954
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Atop one of the highest points overlooking the legend-rich Sea of Galilee–Mt. Poriya, near Tiberias–leaders in medicine, science and government gathered today to mark cornerstone-laying ceremonies for a “preventorium” to be known as the American-Israeli Medical Center.

Founded and financed by a group of American physicians and laymen, the new Center will be built as an ultra-modern resort, with a special section containing up-to-date diagnostic and therapeutic facilities for control and treatment of a variety of medical conditions, with particular attention to heart and blood vessel disease, high blood pressure and other circulatory disturbances.

The dedication address was delivered by Dr. Joseph B. Wolffe, prominent Philadelphia cardiologist and president of the American-Israeli Medical Center. Staffed by physicians and clinical investigators from Israel and other countries, the “preventorium” section of the new Center will be devoted to the control “and possible arrest of conditions such as arteriosclerosis and other so-called degenerative diseases associated with the aging process, ” Dr. Wolffe said.

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