Ancil Martin, MD

Practicing in Arizona from 1892 to 1926, Dr. Martin had several firsts. He was the first ophthalmologist to locate and practice in Arizona. In 1898 Dr. Martin brought the first x-ray apparatus to Arizona. He was the first doctor to report cases of “rabbit septicemia,” later to be called tularemia. Tularemia is an infectious disease of wild animals, such as rabbits and squirrels, that is occasionally transmitted to humans. Dr. Martin later was given the name “father of tularemia.” Dr. Martin was president of ArMA in 1894.