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Philip L. Graitcer collection on 1976 Legionnaires' disease outbreak


Held at: Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia [Contact Us]19 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

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Philip Graitcer is an Adjunct Professor of Public Health at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and the Facilitator of the World Health Organization's Helmet Initiative. Legionnaires' disease acquired its name in 1977 when an outbreak of pneumonia occurred among people attending a convention of the American Legion in Philadelphia. On January 18, 1977 the causative agent was identified as a previously unknown bacterium, subsequently named Legionella.

The collection includes information related to the 1976 outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Philadelphia. Materials include: a manuscript journal kept by Graitcer on the reporting of and response to the outbreak; clippings and magazines; photocopies of questionnaires and charts tracking symptoms among guests and employees of the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel; copies of reports; and reprints on the disease. The collection also includes several letters from members of the general public in response to the CDC's study of the outbreak.

Accession number: 2005.002

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