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"W” is for Waring, Joseph Ioor (1897-1977)

A native of Charleston, Waring received his medical training at the Medical College of the State of South Carolina. In 1927, he opened his pediatric practice and also became an assistant in the department of pediatrics at the Medical College. Eventually he rose to the rank of clinical professor of pediatrics. His career as a medical historian began in 1929 with the publication of a short paper titled “An Incident in Early South Carolina Medicine.” His articles appeared in the nation’s leading professional journals in the field. Following his retirement from clinical practice in 1961, Joseph Ioor Waring intensified his activities as a medical historian and produced the three-volume History of Medicine in South Carolina, the first general and comprehensive history of medicine in South Carolina.

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Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his B.A. degree from Davidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.