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Chevalier Jackson Papers 1890-1964
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Biography

Biographical Note

Born in Idlewood, Pennsylvania, Chevalier Jackson attended the Western University of Pennsylvania (now the University of Pittsburgh) and gained his medical education at Philadelphia's Jefferson Medical College. While he was professor of laryngology at the University of Pittsburgh, Jackson perfected the design of the bronchoscope. His refinements, a slim brass tube with a light at the end which allowed forceps to be inserted into the lungs or stomach, revolutionized the medical technique of extracting foreign bodies. After leaving Pitt, Dr. Jackson taught at Jefferson Medical College. He established bronchoscopy clinics at Jefferson, the University of Pennsylvania, and at Temple University Hospital.