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Leonid Heifets Papers

Identifier: B363


Leonid B. Heifets was born 1926 in what is now Belarus. Dr. Heifets began his medical training at age 16, obtaining an MD, PhD and ScD. He participated with the World Health Organization as a member of Russian medical expeditions to the Congo in 1960 and 1962. He immigrated to the United States in 1979 and was employed by the National Jewish Hospital as head of the Mycobacteriology laboratory for 32 years. In 1994 and 1994 he went to Botswana and South Africa as an American expert on tuberculosis control. He has authored about two hundred scientific publication in the fields of epidemiology and microbiology of infectious diseases. He wrote and published a number of books ranging from autobiography to murder mysteries, and was in the process of writing another book at the time of his death. He retired in 2012, and died in Denver Colorado, May 15, 2015. His books tell the story of a internationally renowned Jewish medical researcher, prticularly in the study of tuberculosis research.


  • 2009-2014



0.25 Linear Feet (Half-letter box)

Scope and Contents

The collection contains four books written by Dr. Leonid Heifets, "The second coming of the white plague," "African exposure: health problems and politics," and "From Russia with tales and confessions to discovering America" are autobiographies and "Murder in the lab" is a fictional murder mystery.

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