George Waldbott

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George L. Waldbott, M.D. (January 14, 1898 – July 17, 1982), was an American physician, scientist, and leading activist against water fluoridation.[1]

Waldbott, the son of Leo Waldbott and Hermine Rosenberger, was born in 1898 in Speyer, Germany. Both his parents were Jewish. Waldbott studied medicine in Heidelberg and graduated as a Dr. med. from the Medical School of the University of Heidelberg in 1921. Afterwards he emigrated to the United States, where he interned at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He specialized in the research and treatment of allergies. In this field he published several books and more than 200 scientific articles, many in American Medical Association journals. His Health Effects of Environmental Pollutants (2nd edition, March 1978) was used as a textbook in universities in the United States and abroad. Waldbott was a pioneer in the study of allergies, and the founder and chief of allergy clinics in four Detroit hospitals. He was president of the Michigan Branch of the American College of Chest Physicians, Chairman of the Air Pollution Committee and of the American Academy of Allergy. [2] [3]

Waldbott is noted for his fundamental research on human anaphylaxis and penicillin shock, allergy-induced respiratory problems, and later in his career, the health impact of air pollutants. Waldbott was one of the first to recognize the connection between allergies and what was then known as "thymic death." His multiple publications in medical journals educated his generation of physicians about the causes and symptoms of anaphylactic shock. [4][5] [6]

In 1953, Waldbott was the first to recognize and describe a new disease he called "Smoker's Respiratory Syndrome." This was the first association between tobacco smoking and chronic respiratory disease. Up until that point, the condition was known as idiopathic asthma. [7][8]

In the early Fifties, Waldbott began conducting research in fluoride toxicity, becoming one of the first physicians to warn against what he thought were the potential health effects of mass fluoridation, particularly among what he believed to be hypersensitive populations who he often treated in his clinical practice as an allergist.[9] He conducted double blind studies and published his findings. One of his many awards was from the journal Cutis in March 1972 for his manuscript co-authored with Dr. V. A. Cecilioni on Chizzola Maculae, describing the skin lesion as a diagnostic tool for the identification of chronic fluoride poisoning.[10] [11] A founder of the International Society for Fluoride Research, he was considered one of the key figures in the anti-fluoridation movement for over two decades.[12] [13]

Books[edit]

  • Waldbott, George L.: Contact Dermatitis. Springfield, Ill.: Thomas, 1953
  • Waldbott GL: A Struggle With Titans: Forces Behind Fluoridation. Carlton Press, New York 1965
  • Waldbott GL: Health Effects of Environmental Pollutants. Mosby, St Louis, 1973
  • Waldbott GL, Burgstahler AW, McKinney HL.: Fluoridation: The Great Dilemma. Coronado Press, Lawrence, Kansas 1978
Jenkins, G. Neil (28 June 1979), Review of Fluoridation: The great dilemma, New Scientist: 1108, retrieved 30 September 2010 

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ For detailed biography see: In Memoriam: George L. Waldbott, M.D. Jan. 14, 1898-July 17, 1982. Fluoride 15 (4) 165-168 (1982).
  2. ^ Waldbott GL, Burgstahler AW, McKinney HL.: Fluoridation: The Great Dilemma. Coronado Press, Lawrence, Kansas 1978. pp. 421-422
  3. ^ In Memorium. Fluoride. Official Quarterly Journal of ISFR. October 1982. pp. 165-168.
  4. ^ Waldbott. George. L. M.D. So-Called Thymic Death IV. The Pathologic Process in Thirty-Four Cases. The American Journal of Diseases in Children. 47:41-60. 1934. http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1154437
  5. ^ Waldbott. George. L. M.D. So-Called Thymic Death v. Respiratory Sensitization to General and Local Anesthetics. Arch Otolaryngol. 1933;17(4):549-553. 1933. doi:10.1001/archotol.1933.03570050539005
  6. ^ Waldbott, George L. M.D. The Allergic Theory of So-Called Thymic Death. JAMA. 1935;105(9):657-660. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760350017006.
  7. ^ Waldbott, George L. A Struggle with Titans. 1965. USA
  8. ^ Waldbott, George L. M.D. "Smokers' Respiratory Syndrome. A Clinical Entity." Journal of American Medical Association. 151:398. 1953.
  9. ^ http://www.fluorideresearch.org/311/files/FJ1998_v31_n1_p020-025.pdf Fluoride publications of G. L. Waldbott, MD
  10. ^ In Memorium. Fluoride. Official Quarterly Journal of ISFR. October 1982. pp. 165-168.
  11. ^ Chizzola Maculae. Journal of Occupational Medicine: February 1971 - Volume 13 - Issue 2 - ppg 100
  12. ^ Waldbott GL: A Struggle With Titans: Forces Behind Fluoridation. Carlton Press, New York 1965
  13. ^ Waldbott GL, Burgstahler AW, McKinney HL.: Fluoridation: The Great Dilemma. 1978.

External Links[edit]

  • The Preskeletal Phase of Chronic Fluoride Intoxication [1]
  • A Struggle with Titans [2]