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Philip David Pallister

Born  1920

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American paediatrician and human geneticist, born 1920.

Biography of Philip David Pallister

Philip D. Pallister graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1944. He then spent two years in the US Army medical corps before he settled in general practice in Boulder, Montana, in 1947. He has remained there ever since, and in 1982 retired to his ranch. Besides his private practice, he has been Clinical Director at Montana State Training School, renamed Boulder River School and Hospital, an institution for the mentally retarded. He has delineated several disorders marked by mental retardation, a field in which he has published of more than thirty articles.

Pallister has held clinical appointment at the University of North Dakota, University of Minnesota and University of Utah for Medex (physician's assistant) programs and at University of Washington as Clinical Professor of pediatrics (emeritus now) and Montana State University as Adjunct professor of medicine. He has received an honorary doctor of science degree from Montana State University (now Montana University Bozeman).

In 1981, after his retirement, Pallister established the Shodair genetics programme in Helena, Montana. His only daughter has been married to the German-born physician Jürgen Herrmann (1941-). Pallister and his wife Blanche Willa, who died in 2001, also had fourteen sons. He is now (2004) ranching and writing.

We thank Philip D. Pallister for information submitted.


  • J. M. Opitz, P. D. Pallister:
    Brief historical note: the concept of gonadal dysgenesis.
    American Journal of Medical Genetics, New York, 1979, 4: 333-343.
    Noonan's syndrome.

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