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University of Florida pediatrics Professor Emeritus Franklin L. DeBusk, M.D., knows the camera can be a medical instrument — beginning in the late 1960s he helped residents enhance their diagnostic skills by taking photos of easily recognized conditions, assembling a collection of more than 600 slides.

"The Franklin L. DeBusk Inaugural Lectureship is both a tribute to DeBusk and a reminder to medical students and residents that physical examination remains an integral part of accurate diagnosis", said lecturer Tom Benton, M.D., a Gainesville pediatrician and UF adjunct assistant professor of pediatrics. Organizers plan to make the lecture an annual event and hope to establish a program to collect new images and perpetuate DeBusk’s work.

A Gainesville native, DeBusk joined the UF College of Medicine faculty in 1966 after working in private practice and served as division chief of general pediatrics from 1966-85. He is well known for outreach work with clinics in rural North Florida and research on progeria, a disease that causes premature aging in children.