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Dr Lemuel Whitley Diggs
Birth: Jan. 8, 1900
Hampton City
Virginia, USA
Death: Jan. 8, 1995
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA

Medical pioneer, leader in sickle cell research and co-founder of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. A native of Hampton, Virginia, Diggs received his undergraduate and master's degrees from Randolph-Macon College. His medical degree was from Johns Hopkins University. Through the efforts of Dr. Diggs, the first blood bank in the southern United States was established in 1938. In 1942, with a nation at war and preparing for civil defense, he urged hospitals throughout the nation to collect, store, and dispense whole blood and plasma. After Diggs arrived in Memphis in 1948, he began to research sickle cell disease cases. Little was known about this disease that was found mostly in African Americans. His study of the topic was instrumental in teaching and making the world aware of rare blood diseases. Diggs also aided in helping singer-actor Danny Thomas create St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. Diggs was the only doctor in Memphis involved in the study of sickle cell disease and leukemia. It was Diggs who suggested that St. Jude Hospital be devoted to the study of childhood diseases. He also authored a book called "Morphology of Human Blood Cells," a text book that is still used by medical students today. Diggs spent more than six decades researching blood diseases. He died of organ failure at his home in Memphis at the age of 95.  (bio by: Bernie A.) 
Family links: 
  Chap Spencer Diggs (1868 - 1929)
  Ruby Lee Hudgins Diggs (1874 - 1951)
  Lemuel Whitley Diggs (1900 - 1995)
  Dixie Hudgins Diggs (1910 - 1993)*
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Record added: Jul 10, 2007
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