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Physician , editor , hematologist

William Dameshek, Russian physician, hematologist, editor. Awarded Certificate of Merit, American Medical Association, 1945, Silver medal, 1951; Claude Bernard medal University of Montreal, 1950; Premia Ferrata, Rome, 1958; decorated Commander Order of Carlos Finlay (Cuba).


Dameshek, William was born on May 22, 1900 in Voronezh, Russia. Son of Isadore and Bessie (Muskin) Dameshek.


Brought to the United States, 1902, naturalized, 1921. Doctor of Medicine Harvard, 1923.


1 daughter, Elinor Thurman (Wife of Doctor Seymour Reichlin). Intern, Boston City Hospital, 1923-1925, assistant blood laboratory, 1925-1928. Chief blood laboratory Beth Israel Hospital, Boston 1928-1939.

Senior physician, hematologist, director blood research laboratory New England Center Hospital, Boston, 1939-1969. Consultant hematologist Lynn. Waltham, Mount Auburn, Malden, United States V.A. hospital.

Consultant Surgeon-General, United States Army. Successively assistant, instructor, assistant professor, professor medicine Tufts University School of Medicine, 1925-1967, professor emeritus, 1967-1969. Extraordinary professor medicine at National University, Mexico, 1945.

Professor medicine, honoris causae, U. Santiago, Chile. Graduate lecturer hematology in many countries in Europe, South American and the Orient.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Leukopenia and Agranulocytosis, 1944. Hemolytic Syndromes, 1945. Spleen and Hypersplenism, 1947.

      Chemotherapy of Leukemia and Leukosarcoma, 1949. Leukemia, 1958

    • also numerous articles medical journals Co-author: Hemorrhagic Disorders, 1955. Founder and editor-in-chief Blood, the Journal of Hematology, 1945-1969.


Fellow American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society Clinical Investigation, International Society Hematology (president 1954-1956), American Society Immunology, American Society Experimental Pathology. Member Greater Boston Medical Society (president 1933), Peruvian Society Pathology (honorary), American (president 1964), Italian, Swiss, Chilean, French, European societies hematology (honorary), Chilean Society Internal Medicine, Society Experimental Biology and Medicine. Club: Harvard (Boston).


Married Rose Thurman, October 14, 1923.

Isadore Dameshek

Bessie (Muskin) Dameshek

Rose Thurman