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Probably Aug 1956
Submitted by Lois Crissman


A large crowd turned out Saturday at ceremonies to honor Dr. Lawrence F. Flick, a Carrolltown native who in 1892 founded the first anti-tuberculosis society in the United States.

Dr. Lawrence Flick Day was held one day after the 100th anniversary of his birthday. [b. 10 Aug 1856]

The weatherman gave his blessing to the occasion by providing sunshine during the celebration. This was one of the few days when rain did not mar a planned observance of one occasion or another.

Among the many tributes made in his honor, a memorial was unveiled during the morning program. On the Memorial a likeness of the medical pioneer is shown with a chronological list of his great accomplishments that helped to tame TB. The bas-relief is flanked by the symbol that has emblazoned millions of Christmas packages.

Not far away was another "monument" to the foresight of the man. It was a mobile chest X-ray unit operated by the state Department of Health. A total of 350 persons were X-rayed.

Rep. John P. Saylor presented a citation to the Flick family from President Eisenhower. The letter was accepted by Dr. Lawrence Flick 3rd of Philadelphia. His grandfather was the first man to advance the theory that tuberculosis is an infectious disease and not hereditary.

Dr. Otis L. Anderson, assistant surgeon general, related that Dr. Flick suffered from tuberculosis and was sent home from St. Vincent College, Latrobe, before he completed his senior year in law. The late physician rested and, after being told at an early age that his life would be short, he was cured of tuberculosis and died in 1938 at the age of 82.

Dr. Flick early perceived that little value can be realized in our democratic society without the support of the general public. From the beginning of his crusade he enlisted the aid of community leaders, who in turn undertook the education of the public. In doing so, Dr. Flick laid down the fundamental premise on which communicable diseases are controlled -- the combined action of a wise government, well-trained physicians and an informed public.

In conclusion, Dr. Anderson said of the pioneering crusader:

"Dr. Flick's achievements constitute enduring landmarks in the history of medicine. His undeviating devotion to what he believed to be right and true, his integrity in all his dealing with his fellows, and his force as a leader and organizer of public opinion shall stand always as his memorial. To it we can neither add nor subtract."

[NOTE: This memorial stands in front of St. Benedict Catholic Church in Carrolltown, PA.]

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