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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

WNYC

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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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

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Baumgartner, Commissioner of Health, answers questions about the department.

Marvin Sleeper moderates.

Paulette Singer, Penny Fox, Jim Farrell, Bill Beecher

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International Health Conference

Thursday, June 02, 1955

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Two lectures on public health: "Epidemiology in prevention of Poliomyelitis" Dr. Jonas Salk slide lecture on polio vaccine. Followed by a Q&A with Dr. Jonas Salk. A bit technical but tries ...

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Interview concerning Salk Vaccine.

Tuesday, April 12, 1955

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On the day of the announcement that the Salk vaccine is effective, Leona Baumgartner discusses the implications to the citizens of New York City, comparing it to the situation in the ...

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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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Cancer in Mid-Century [Cancer Alert]

Thursday, November 04, 1954

WNYC
Progress and concerns with the dreaded disease.

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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.


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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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