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NLM Announces February 2 Lecture on Sickle Cell Disease Pioneer Dr. Charles F. Whitten

Event Commemorates Transfer of Dr. Whitten's Papers to the Library

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world's largest medical library and a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is pleased to announce a lecture on Dr. Charles F. Whitten (1922-2008), pediatrician, pioneer and co-founder of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA). It will take place Thursday, February 2, 2012, 2:00-3:30 PM in NLM's Lister Hill Auditorium (first floor, Lister Hill Center, Building 38A) on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The public is welcome.

Dr. Wanda Whitten-Shurney, a physician herself and CEO of the SCDAA's Michigan Chapter, will give the lecture in honor of her father and his work. Her talk, "Introducing Dr. Charles Whitten: Scientist, Humanitarian, Family Man," will take place on what would have been Dr. Whitten's 90th birthday. Sonja Banks, current president and COO of SCDAA, will introduce Dr. Whitten-Shurney.

This special event commemorates an exciting development for the National Library of Medicine. In November 2010, NIH observed the 100th anniversary of the publication of the first case report on sickle cell disease with a two-day symposium that drew a large audience to the campus. As a legacy of that event, NLM, one of the seven sponsoring NIH institutes and centers of the James B. Herrick Symposium (//, has announced the acquisition of the papers of Dr. Whitten.

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 Charles F. Whitten, MD

Charles F. Whitten, MD (1922-2008)