Benjamin Sacks (1896 – 1971) was an American physician.
Failing health forced Sacks to stop practicing medicine and in the 1950’s he became a technical advisor for the movie industry. In the 1960’s as a historical sleuth he investigated the history of the Southwest (1850 to 1875), as Arizona became a Territory following the Mexican-American War.
- Born August 14th, 1896
- 1922 – MD, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
- 1923 – Libman–Sacks endocarditis
- 1951 – medical advisor in the film and television industry. Worked with actors including Cary Grant, Bing Crosby, and Barry Fitzgerald. Known for his attention to detail, creating sets that were identical to a real hospital or doctor’s office.
- Died May 2, 1971
- Libman-Sacks endocarditis (1924)
- Libman-Sacks vegetations
When his medical career was cut short by ill health, Dr. Sacks turned his research talents and intellectual rigor to the history of the American West. In 1964, Sacks published Be It Enacted: the Creation of the Territory of Arizona. Described as a masterpiece of historical investigation and exposition for which he received the Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History.
- Libman E, Sacks B. A hitherto undescribed form of valvular and mural endocarditis. Arch Intern Med. 1924;33(6): 701–737
- Sacks B. Be it enacted: The creation of the Territory of Arizona. Arizona Historical Foundation. 1964
- Sacks B. Arizona’s Angry Man, United States Marshal Milton B. Duffield. Arizona Historical Foundation. 1970
- Williams C. The Sherlock Holmes of Research – A biography of Dr. Benjamin Sacks, M.D. 2008
- Benjamin Sacks Manuscript Collection: 1921-1971. FM MSS #110. Arizona Historical Foundation
- People Will Talk starring Cary Grant. 1951 [Technical advisor Benjamin Sacks]
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