Introduction to the 22nd Craig Lecturer, Dr. L. L. Williams, Jr.

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  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Public Health Service, United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Bethesda 14, Md.

For the benefit of the younger and recently acquired members of the Society, who may not be well acquainted with the life and achievements of the figure for whom this lecture series is named, I have the following information to offer.

Colonel Charles Franklin Craig, U. S. Army, was born in Danbury, Conn., on the fourth of July, 1872, the son of a country doctor. He obtained his medical degree at Yale in 1894, practiced medicine in his home town, and became a contract surgeon in the U. S. Army in 1898. Five years later he was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in what was then known as the Army Medical Corps, receiving his colonelcy in 1918. He served in Manila, Hawaii, Texas, Kansas, and the District of Columbia, where he had extended tours of duty at the Army Medical School.He made and reported numerous observations on tropical and related diseases in the field and had much to do with developing the laboratory technology of tropical medicine.