Anna Williams

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Williams, Anna (Wessels)

(1863–1954) physician, bacteriologist; born in Hackensack, N.J. Best known for research on infectious diseases and discovery of an effective diphtheria immunization, she fought to advance the cause of women doctors. Besides teaching at the New York Infirmary (1891–95; 1902–05), she was assistant director of the New York City Research Laboratories (1905–34) and a prolific writer.
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