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 fluoridation.[1]

George 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. 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. George 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.

In the early Fifties, Waldbott began conducting research in fluoride toxicity,[2] becoming one of the first physicians to warn of the potential health effects of mass fluoridation.[neutrality is disputed] A founder of the International Society for Fluoride Research, he was considered one of the key figures in the antifluoridation movement for over two decades.


  • 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 


  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. ^ Fluoride publications of G. L. Waldbott, MD