Thurston, Donald L., Vertical File


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Thurston, Donald L., Vertical File


  • 1963-1971 (Creation)


0.02 Linear Feet

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Dr. Donald L. Thurston, 77 a prominent pediatrician, who practiced in St. Louis for half a century died in December 1987. Don L. Thurston, MD, was also a Washington University professor of pediatrics and a professor emeritus of pediatrics. He joined the faculty of the department of Pediatrics in 1947 and retired in 1979. He and his wife, Dr. Jean Holowach Thurston collaborated on multiple research projects in pediatric epilepsy based on cases at St. Louis Children's Hospital and the Pediatric Convulsive Clinic.

Donald Lionell Thurston earned a Bachelor of Science at Vanderbilt University in 1934 and also an M.D. From Vanderbilt University School in 1937. Jean Holowach and Donald L. Thurston met in the 1940s in the Department of Pediatrics at Washington University. They married in 1949.

During his long career he specialized in general prediatrics and treatment of allergies. He was also on the medical staff of St. Louis Children's Hospital where he retired in 1985?. He was a member for many years of the Missouri Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, serving as chairman from 1977-1985. He was director of the first Birth Defect Center at St. Louis Children's Hospital from 1964-1970.

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The Vertical File Collection is open and accessible for research.

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  • Latin

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