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Dr. Madison Briscoe


Madison Spencer Briscoe was born on March 4, 1904 in Winchester, Virginia. The "bug man", as he would later be known as, graduated from Storer College in 1924 and returned as a professor in 1930. Briscoe was fundamental in designing the pre-medical curriculum at Storer in 1934. In ‪1941 he left Storer to teach at Howard University and begin his PhD but quickly joined the war effort, answering the call for experts in parasitology and tropical diseases. Briscoe earned the rank of captain in the US Army Sanitary Corps and continued his service as a commanding officer of the 16th Malaria Survey Detachment of the US Army in Liberia. His research there contributed to keeping troops healthy during World War II, when quinine - the most common malaria treatment - was in short supply. After the war Dr. Briscoe completed his PhD in parasitology in 1950 and bought a house in Harpers Ferry in 1951. His research in insect vectors, leprosy, and other parasitic diseases took him to Egypt and Central America, but he remained involved in life at Storer College, hosting students in his home and filing a (failed) civil suit in 1959 to save the school. Dr. Briscoe led a distinguished career at Howard University, becoming a full professor in 1962. He died in 1995 at the age of 91.

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