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Arthur M. Dannenberg was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He earned an A. B. from Swarthmore College in 1944, an M.D. from Harvard University in 1947, an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1951 and a Ph.D. from the same school in 1952. Dannenberg continued his studies in microbiology, immunology and pathology while teaching at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and its Henry Phipps Institute, department of public health. His research interest included enzymes in pathogenesis of injury, inflammation and repair, radiation and infection, allergy and immunity, and tuberculosis. Dannenberg began his career at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health in 1964 as an associate professor. By 1974, he was promoted to professor in the departments of environmental medicine and epidemiology and in 1976 he was given a joint appointment in the School of Medicine’s department of pathology. Dannenberg mentored more than 20 postdoctoral fellows, authored more that 100 peer-reviewed papers and published a book in 2006, “Pathogenesis of Human Pulmonary Tuberculosis: Insights from the Rabbit Model”.

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The Arthur Dannenberg Collection includes teaching materials, reprints and correspondence reflecting Dannenberg’s research interest in pulmonary tuberculosis produced by aerosolized virulent bacilli in the rabbit model, prevention with new and old vaccines, and therapy with drugs to prevent liquefaction and cavity formation in this disease. Much of the correspondence appears to be with industry, especially pharmaceutical companies.

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