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Mark Frederick Boyd

Born  1889
Died  1968

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American bacteriologist and epidemiologist, born May 21, 1889, St. Paul, Minnesota; died 1968.

Biography of Mark Frederick Boyd

Mark Frederick Boyd graduated from the University of Iowa and continued with postgraduate studies at Harvard, and then concentrated his efforts on bacteriology, hygiene and epidemiology. In 1914 he became an associate professor of bacteriology in Nevada, in 1915 of hygiene in Iowa, and in 1917 associate professor of both disciplines in Texas.

He was president of the American Academy of Tropical Medicine and the American Society of Tropical Medicine. From 1921 he was a member of the Field Staff, International Health Board, Rockefeller Foundation. He published extensively on the epidemiology of typhus, malaria, lepra, plague, to the pathology of Lyssa, and to Trichomonas-infection.

He later lived in Tallahassee, Florida and is remembered as a historian for the Florida Park Service and, from 1946 to 1949, president of the Florida Historical Society. Boyd wrote several articles for the Florida Historical Quarterly on Civil War battles in Florida and on early mission sites and helped survey the Woodruff Reservoir area. He was instrumental in the preservation of the San Luis Mission site in Tallahassee.


  • Practical preventive medicine. Philadelphia and London, 1920.
  • Studies of the epidemiology of malaria in the Coastal Lowlands of Brazil.
    Baltimore, 1926.
  • An introduction to malariology. Boston 1930.
  • Malariology: A Comprehensive Survey of All Aspects of This Group of Diseases From a Global Standpoint.
    Mark Frederick Boyd, editor. 2 volumes. Philadelphia: W. B. Saun. Jers Co., 1949). History:
  • A Map of the Road From Pensacola to St. Augustine, 1778.
    The Florida Historical Quarterly, 1938, 17: 24.
  • The Expedition of Marcos Delgado from Apalache to the Upper Creek Country in 1686.
    The Florida Historical Quarterly 16 (1937): 21-32.
  • Events at Prospect Bluff on the Apalachicola River, 1808-1818.
    The Florida Historical Quarterly, October 1937, 16 (2): 55-96.
  • The Battle of Marianna.
    The Florida Historical Quarterly, April 1951, 29 (4): 225-242.
  • The Seminole War: Its Background and Onset.
    The Florida Historical Quarterly, July 1951, 30: 3-115.
  • Here They Once Stood: The Tragic End of the Apalachee Missions.
    Written with Hale G. Smith and John W. Griffin. 1951.
    Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 1951.

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