Paving the Way to a Mighty Career in Science, Florence Rena Sabin and her legacy of “firsts, continued
In 1944, Sabin chaired the Health Committee of Colorado’s Post-War Planning Committee. The committee was responsible for the health concerns of the state. Even though Florence Sabin was said to be retired and in her seventies at the time, she entered yet another important phase of her life. The woman known as “the little doctor’ shock up the state and reformed the health care system by overwhelming evidence for a better run health program. Her committee was instrumental in the issuance of a series of 5 health bills including the “Sabin Program,” for the inoculation against tuberculosis.
In 1945, she received the Trudeau Medal from the National Tuberculosis Association for her scientific work on pathology of tuberculosis.
In 1947, she was elected the chairperson of the interim Board of Health and Hospitals of Denver. She later became the manager of the Denver Department of Health and Charities and remained as such until 1951.
Her massive campaigns in Denver reduced the cases of tuberculosis from “54.7 to 27 per 100,000, and the syphilis frequency from 700 to 60 per 100,000.”
Sabin was one of the greatest women scientists of all time. She won award after award for her contributions. Six years after her death a statue was erected in her honor at the National Statuary Hall of the U.S.
Sabin has been noted as a role model for all women in all professions. She is the epitome of what a woman can achieve in this world. She had a passion for pure science research, a love of history, travel, philosophy, teaching, fine dinning, and bettering human kind through health policies. She was truly a well-rounded individual and a wonderful woman.
The Sabin clinic in Montreal was established by the Widow of the Great Dr. Albert B. Sabin, the scientist who dedicated his life to working in the field of immunology and finding a a poliomyelitis vaccine. It is because of his great work that children in Montreal and the USA are no longer walking around crippled by polio. The Sabin Clinic opened up in 1993. Many very talented physicians in the field of infectious diseases and immunology bring their international expertise to the clinic as doctors extraordinaire. For more information on this great institute click here: http://www.sabin.org/about-us/board/david-diemert-md-frcpc-