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Frederick B. Bang was born in Philadelphia. He received his A.B. from the Johns Hopkins University in 1935 and his M.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1939. From 1961 to 1976, he was director of the Johns Hopkins University Centers for Medical Research Training in Calcutta, India, and Dacca, Bangladesh. Along with Jack Levin, a hematologist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Bang developed the limulus lysate test, which is used to diagnose infections caused by bacteria that produce endotoxins. In the early 1950s he was one of the first physicians to use electron microscopy to study viruses and was a pioneer in the application of marine biology to medical research.

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The Frederick B. Bang Collection covers his years as director of the Center for Medical Research Training (CMRT). The files include administrative correspondence and records (1962-1977) of CMRT operations in India, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Nepal, as well as one folder of material from the CMRT Advisory Committee (1961-1965). The collection also includes two boxes of Bang’s reprints, one folder of personal correspondence (1971-1973), and an audiotape of Bang’s memorial service. Additional related material can be found in the records of the Center for Medical Research Training.

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