Eloesser, Leo

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Birth 1881
Death 1976
English, German

Biographical notes:

American physician.

From the description of Leo Eloesser papers, 1888-2007. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 754872744

Thoracic surgeon and innovator in rural and wartime healthcare. Born in San Francisco, 1881, died in Tacamburo, Michoacon, Mexico, 1976.

From the description of Leo Eloesser papers, 1906-1984 [mixed material]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 678870789

Biographical Note

  • 1918: Works as a U.S. Army surgeon at Letterman Hospital, San Francisco
  • 1919: Returns to City and County Hospital of San Francisco
  • 1920s: Studies advanced medicine in Germany and Austria
  • 1935: Visits Japan and the Soviet Union
  • 1937 - 1938 : Works as a medical volunteer on the Republican side during the Spanish Civil War
  • 1943 - 1945 : Travels in Latin America, giving lectures and attending conferences in Argentine, Chile, and Cuba
  • 1945 - 1949 : Works as a doctor in China for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), training medical personnel
  • 1950s: Meets Joyce Campbell, and moves with her to Mexico, establishing a ranch near Tacámbaro, Michoacán
  • 1950s - 1960s : Travels extensively and is involved in the promotion of rural health care programs in underdeveloped countries. Writes and lectures on the treatment of tuberculosis
  • 1955: Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn, a training manual for rural midwives
  • 1973: Visits the People's Republic of China and meets with medical colleagues
  • 1976: Dies
  • 2004: Joyce Campbell dies

From the guide to the Leo Eloesser Papers, 1861-1994, (Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace)


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