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Robert M. Chanock Papers 1933-2008 (bulk 1950-2008)
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Biography

Biographical Note

Ralph Chester Williams was born in Russell County, Alabama. In 1907 he graduated from Auburn University and entered the School of Medicine of the University of Alabama. Upon receiving his M.D. in 1910, Williams began a family practice in Alabama before joining the Alabama State Health Department. He joined the U.S. Public Health Service in 1917. In 1944 he was promoted to Assistant Surgeon General. Williams wrote The United States Public Health Service, 1798-1950, which was published in 1951, the year he retired.