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Walter Stamm Dies at 64; Doctor Saved Thousands of Women from Infertility

by Thomas H. Maugh II,  Los Angeles Times,  Dec 26, 2009
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Dr. Walter E. Stamm, whose discoveries on the diagnosis and treatment of urinary tract infections and of the relationship between chlamydia and pelvic inflammatory disease saved tens of thousands of women from infertility, died Dec. 14 at his home in Seattle. He was 64 and had been battling melanoma.

Stamm "was one of the giants . . . who really transformed diagnosis and treatment of genitourinary infections, particularly those that result in pelvic inflammatory diseases," said Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which funded much of his work. "There are a lot of happy mothers out there now because of the work of Walt Stamm."

His diagnostic and treatment recommendations "have remained the standard of care for physicians throughout the world, even now, 25 years later," said Dr. Lawrence Corey of the University of Washington, where Stamm spent most of his career. Read more.


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