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Leona Baumgartner

Leona Baumgartner was New York City's first female Health Commissioner.

Dr. Leona Baumgartner (August 18, 1902—January 15, 1991) was born in Chicago and grew up in Kansas, where she earned her master's degree in 1925. She obtained her Ph.D. and M.D. degrees from Yale, and did her internship in New York City. She joined the New York City Department of Health in 1937, becoming Health Commissioner in 1954; in 1958 she was one of the few women physicians to visit the Soviet Union. In 1962 Baumgartner became head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, where she was involved in several vaccination campaigns and in water fluoridation.

Leona Baumgartner appears in the following:

At the Forefront of Death: Cancer in Midcentury

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WNYC
D.I.Y. pap smears and other 1950s anti-cancer tools.
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Leona Baumgartner, Elvis, and the Fight Against Polio

Sunday, August 18, 2013

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If it's good enough for Elvis, it's good enough for you and your child - On the birthday of the city's first female Health Commissioner, we honor Dr. Leona Baumgartner and the New York City publicity campaign for the polio vaccine.

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Golden Anniversary of the Women's City Club

Monday, January 24, 1966

This is an audio recording of a public luncheon celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Women's City Club of New York. The even took place in the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel Pierre on Fifth Avenue and 61st Street. Saturday, January 22nd, 1966 at 1:30PM. The audio recording was spread ...

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Leona Baumgartner Discusses her Trip to Russia

Saturday, July 12, 1958

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Leona Baumgartner discusses her month-long trip in April 1958 to the Soviet Union as part of a delegation of six American physicians, which came after a delegation of Soviet physicians visited ...

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Dr. Leona Baumgartner

Sunday, January 26, 1958

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Dr. Leona Baumgartner, City Health Commissioner, discusses fluoridation and the polio vaccine.

Marvin Sleeper hosts.

Panelists: Jim Farrell and Ruth Corsnick

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Leona Baumgartner

Monday, December 17, 1956

The Salk vaccine - questions answered.

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Public Health Aspects of Aging

Thursday, May 31, 1956

WNYC
How are public health institutions coping with an increasingly aging population?

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Leona Baumgartner

Sunday, March 18, 1956

Tooth decay, Salk vaccine, polio and cancer top the list.

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International Health Conference

Thursday, June 02, 1955

Dr. Jonas Salk slide lecture on polio vaccine.

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Interview concerning Salk Vaccine.

Tuesday, April 12, 1955

Implications of effective Salk vaccine.

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"A report" on polio.

Monday, April 11, 1955

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Dr Baumgartner's message to WNYC listeners on the eve of her visit to Ann Arbor to "listen first hand" to reports about the efficacy of the Salk vaccine against polio.


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3-D in child care.

Wednesday, March 02, 1955

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Three dimensions on child care:

New York City Health Commissioner Leona Baumgartner on the medical aspect of child care and day care centers.
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Problems Confronting Older People

Thursday, December 16, 1954

Commissioner of Health, Dr. Leona Baumgartner, Dr. Howard Rusk, Dr. Henry Colby of the Department of Hospitals, and Dr. Leonard Covello discuss the problems confronting older people at a celebration at the East Harlem Day Center for Older Persons. Commissioner Henry L. McCarthy acts as host.

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Cancer in Mid-Century [Cancer Alert]

Thursday, November 04, 1954

WNYC
Progress and concerns with the dreaded disease.

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Polio Demonstrations

Monday, April 26, 1954

Leona Baumgartner and an unnamed doctor describe the polio vaccine trials that will take place in New York in the coming months. The vaccine will be tested on public school students from the first three grades in 6 areas in New York City: the Lower East Side, the Tremont area ...

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Baby is 10 months old.

Saturday, October 20, 1951

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Tommy Cowan discusses a hypothetical 9-month baby named "Bobby" with Dr. Leona Baumgartner. Fluctuating levels and quality.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


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Baby is 9 months old.

Saturday, September 15, 1951

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A charming discussion, peppered with advice, with Tommy Cowan about a hypothetical baby named "Bobby". Fluctuating level and quality.


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Baby is 4 months old.

Thursday, March 25, 1948

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Leona Baumgartner speaks about a hypothetical four-month old.

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Leona Baumgartner Answers Questions About The Salk Vaccine and Polio

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Dr. Leona Baumgartner, Commissioner of Health, answers questions about the Salk Vaccine used to treat Poliomyelitis from a typical New York City father:

Is the Salk Vaccine Safe?
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Leona Baumgartner Reports on the First Shots of the Polio Vaccine of 1955

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Leona Baumgartner, Commissioner of New York City's Department of Health, reports on the first shots of the polio vaccine to thousands of children at 150 public schools for the start of the spring polio season. ...

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