Robert Fulton Korns, M.D.

The 1949 book "The Genealogy of Michael Korns, Sr. of Somerset County Pennsylvania" indicates that Robert Fulton Korns was the son of John Hamilton Korns and his wife Bessie Lee Pennywitt, and states "Robert Fulton Korns, b. Oct. 4, 1912. Graduated from Dartmouth in 1934. M.D. from John Hopkins in 1939. Ph.D. from John Hopkins in 1939. He married Esther Weinback in 1938. Their children are: a. Julian Lee, b. Oct. 16, 1939. b. Nancy, b. July 23, 1941. c. Thomas, b. Jan. 24, 1943. d. Robert Fulton, Jr., b. Aug. 2, 1945. Robert Fulton Korns, Sr., is Assistant Director of the Division of Communicable Diseases in New York State Department of Health."

Robert F. Korns was extremely active in the medical field, and authored or co-authored many publications, including:

  • "Epidemiology of Epidemic Keratoconjunctivitis", Am J Public Health Nations Health, October 1943
  • "Epidemic Keratoconjunctivitis. Correlation of Epidemiologic Data and Results of Serum Virus Neutralization Tests.", Am J Public Health Nations Health, June 1944
  • "Epidemic Keratoconjunctivitis. Correlation of Epidemiologic Data and Results of Serum Virus Neutralization Tests.", Am J Public Health Nations Health. June, 1944
  • "Exposed dental pulp as a portal of entry for the virus of poliomyelitis" American Journal of Hygiene, 1947
  • "Transmission of Gastroenteritis to Human Volunteers by Oral Administration of Fecal Filtrates" Journal of Experimental Medicine, 1947
  • "Dog, Fox and Cattle Rabies in New York State, Evaluation of Vaccination in Dogs", American Journal of Public Health, 1948.
  • "Gastro-enteritis in man due to filterable agent", N.Y. St. J. Medicine, August, 1949
  • "Some epidemiological aspects of cirrhosis of the liver; a study of mortality statistics", Am J Hyg, July 1950
  • Chemical food poisoning an unusual series of epidemics presumably due to sabatage, Am. J. Epidemiology. 1950
  • "Homologous serum jaundice associated with use of irradiated plasma.", J Am Med Assoc., Sept. 1950
  • "Treatment of chronic typhoid carriers with terramycin", J Lab Clin Med., Oct. 1951
  • The control of communicable disease in hospital nurseries for the newborn: progress report, New York state plan", N Y State J Med., Jan. 1952 .
  • "Drug prophylaxis of amebiasis"; J Am Med Assoc., March 1952.
  • "Prophylaxis of German measles with immune serum globulin", J Infect Dis., Mar-Apr 1952
  • "The association of parenteral injections with poliomyelitis", American Journal of Public Health, 1952.
  • "Epidemic of tuberculosis in a high school; report of eight year follow-up of students exposed", Am Med Assoc., May 1952
  • 'The prevention of paralytic poliomyelitis; recent research suggests cautious optimism", N Y State J Med. Sept. 1952
  • "Association of Escherichia coli serogroup 0111 with two hospital outbreaks of epidemic diarrhea of the newborn infant in New York State during 1947.", Pediatrics. Oct. 1953
  • "Primary response of children to glycerinated or dried smallpox vaccines of calf lymph or chick embryo origin.", Am J Public Health Nations Health., Feb. 1954
  • "An evaluation of the 1954 Poliomyelitis vaccine trials; summary report", American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 45, May, part II
  • "Evaluation of 1954 field trial of poliomyelitis vaccine: synopsis of summary report:, American Journal of Medical Science.
  • "An evaluation of the 1954 poliomyelitis vaccine trials.", Am J Public Health Nations Health., May 1955
  • "A Prospective Study of Degenerative Cardiovascular Disease in Albany: Report of Three Years' Experience--1. Ischemic Heart Disease", Am J Public Health Nations Health, April. 1957.
  • "An epidemiological approach to traffic accidents.", Public Health Rep. Jan. 1956
  • "Committee on Evaluation and Standards", Am J Public Health Nations Health, March 1962
  • "Relationship of water fluoridation to bone density in two N.Y. towns." Public Health Rep., Sept. 1969
  • "Infectious Diseases", book published by Harvard University Press, 1969
  • "Community outbreak of infectious hepatitis: assays of SGOT and Australian serum hepatitis antigen.", N Y State J Med., June 1972
  • "Cancer in United States Jews.", Cancer Res., Nov. 1975
  • Provided commentary in "The Challenge of Facts: Selected Public Health Papers of Edgar Sydenstricker".

    On page 157 of the shrill 1957 anti-vaccination book "The Poisoned Needle", Robert F. Korns was vilified for his work regarding the Salk polio vaccine. History has proved Mr. Korns right, and his detractor incredibly wrong.

    According to the Obituary of Robert F. Korns in the New York Times:

  • He was born at Tian, China in 1912.
  • He was an Epidemiologist, and lived in Glenmont, N.Y.
  • He was the son of John H. Korns and Bess Pennywitt Korns.
  • His father helped found the Peking Union Medical College, and worked for the Rockefeller Foundation.
  • His mother Bess founded the Peking Institute of Fine Arts.
  • He lived in China until 1926, when his family moved to Switzerland.
  • His older sister suffered from polio; her name was Mary.
  • He is a 1934 graduate of Dartmouth College.
  • He graduated from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public with both a medical degree and a doctorate in public health.
  • He wrote a paper on a keratoconjunctivitis epidemic at a Schenectady, N.Y. GE plant.
  • He wrote a paper on the bird disease psittacosis, which can be transmitted to people.
  • He participated across the United States in the field trials of the Salk polio vaccine.
  • He served as an Assistant Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health.
  • He served as the Chief of the Division of Communicable Diseases, New York State Health Department.
  • He served as the Secretary and the President of the American Epidemiological Society.
  • He retired in 1975.
  • He died of heart failure in 1995, the day before his eighty-third birthday.
  • He was survived by five children; Julianne Kelly, Nancy K. Dryden, Thomas H. Korns, Stephen C. Korns and Robert F. Korns Jr.

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