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Wade Hampton Frost was born in Marshall, Virginia. He received his B.A. in 1901 and his M.D. in 1903, both from the University of Virginia. He was the first resident lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health and was later professor of epidemiology. Frost served as dean of the school from 1931 until 1934. His work included studies of the epidemiology of poliomyelitis, influenza, diphtheria, and tuberculosis.

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The Wade Hampton Frost Collection spans most of his career. It contains administrative records, correspondence, drafts of papers and lectures on epidemiology, research material, photographs, and biographical material, including posthumous tributes. Research material includes notes and data on tuberculosis, typhoid, influenza, measles, diphtheria, scarlet fever, and polio. Correspondence includes the American Red Cross, the U.S. Public Health Service, and the Surgeon General. The collection is a resource for studying early twentieth-century epidemiology and the development of the department of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Additional original material pertaining to Frost can be found in correspondence of the Office of the Dean from the school of hygiene and public health.

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