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BHM Day 21: Dr. Theodore Lawless


Dr. Theodore Lawless was a philanthropist and pioneering dermatologist.

Dr. Lawless opened his dermatology practice in Chicago in the 1920s.  Despite being in a black neighborhood, his practice became famous around the country. He was one of the first dermatologists to specifically treat syphilis and other extreme skin conditions using electropyrexia.

His practice was quite lucrative and he shared his wealth by donating generous amounts of his earnings to Black colleges and universities as well as towards the Jewish community.  For example, in 1964 he founded the Science Summer Camp for gifted children in Israel at the Weizmann Institute.

He would continue to work in both health and business until his death in 1971.

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