|Lemuel Whitley Diggs|
January 8, 1900|
|Died||January 8, 1995
|Fields||Pathology and hematology|
|Institutions||University of Tennessee 1929
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 1962
|Alma mater||Randolph-Macon College
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
|Known for||Sickle cell anemia|
Diggs was born in Hampton, Virginia, but spent most of his life and did most of his work in Memphis, Tennessee. He received his undergraduate and master's degrees from Randolph-Macon College, and his medical degree in 1925 from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee in Memphis in 1929 and later became Director of Medical Laboratories.
In 1971 his work led to the creation of the first comprehensive research center for sickle cell disease at the University, which later endowed a Professor of Medicine position named after him.
His Morphology of Human Blood Cells is on its 7th edition and is still used as a textbook
Diggs died in January 1995, on his 95th birthday.
- Morphology of Human Blood Cells. 1956.
- J. Michael Elliott. Lemuel W. Diggs, 95, a Leader In Study of Sickle Cell Anemia. The New York Times, January 28, 1995.
- Keith Wailoo. Dying in the City of the Blues: Sickle Cell Anemia and the Politics of Race and Health. The University of North Carolina Press: 2001.