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Posted by Dr. Al DeMaria, State Epidemiologist and Medical Director of the Bureau of Infectious Disease.

 

Did you know the Hinton State Lab is named after Dr. William A. Hinton, a nationally recognized and gifted doctor and researcher? 

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At one time in the early 20th Century, 10% of the population was thought to have syphilis whose symptoms and effects were devastating. Dr. Hinton developed an improved test for syphilis that in 1934 was adopted nationally by the US Public Health Service and was used as the standard test across the country for the next 30 years.

FedArtProjectSyphilis2We are proud to claim Dr. Hinton, who worked for DPH for 38 years, as one of our own and admire him for his numerous and significant contributions to medicine and public health including syphilis diagnostics, training of medical technologists, teaching and the release of the first study to assess standardization ofsyphilitis testing in Massachusetts. 

We encourage you to take a trip to the Public Health Museum in Tewksbury for more information about Dr. Hinton and the Hinton lab www.publichealthmuseum.org.

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