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Dr. Leila Denmark – World’s Oldest Pediatrician

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Leila 1924Leila 2001

Today’s  inspiration was a supercentenarian, living to the age of 114 years and the world’s oldest practicing pediatrician.

She was the first female pediatrician in Georgia and the only female graduate in the Medical College of Georgia’s class of 1928.  She retired May 2001 at the age of 103, after 73 years.  And she only retired because she couldn’t see as well as she once did.

As if that wasn’t enough, she is credited as co-developer of the pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine and wrote several books including “Every Child Should Have A Chance” –  tips for raising healthy children.  It has gone through multiple printings.

 

 

 

 

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