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Dr. Cheraskin attended both St. Joseph’s College in Philadelphia and Georgetown University in Washington, DC, before receiving his AB degree in 1939 from the University of Alabama. After taking the MA degree at the Tuscaloosa campus, he entered the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and under the World War II enforced year-round professional education program, received his MD in the latter part of 1943.
A 9 months rotating internship was all the government allowed before military service and he took his in medicine at Hartford Municipal Hospital in Connecticut. He spent the next two years in the Medical Corps of the United States Army and then completed a year’s residency in medicine at St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville, IN. Dr. Cheraskin tried several small town general practices in Moundville, AL for a year, which must have been like doing penitence for a man with Cherri’s sophisticated and research oriented mind.
He joined the faculty of the Medical College of Alabama in 1948 and it didn’t take Dean Joe Volker long to recognize a brilliant man with a tremendous educational background who still didn’t know what he wanted to do in life. While serving on the faculty of the Medical College, he completed an accelerated program in the School of Dentistry and received his DMD degree in 1952. He was chairman of the Department of Oral Medicine and received a full professorship rank in 1956.
Dr. Cheraskin was a member of many professional and honorary organizations and was internationally known as an author and lecturer. Dr. Cheraskin did research and wrote numerous articles and books, some of the topics that he has written on are: Vitamin C, Smoking, Oral Health, EDTA chelation, Periodontal Disease, Low Carbohydrate High Protein Diets, Glucose Metabolism, Predictive Medicine, Diet, Macular Degeneration and many more.