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Joseph Goldberger was born on July 16, 1874 in Giralt, Hungary, then a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. His parents were sheep herders, whose flock was decimated by sickness. The Goldbergers withtheir six children, including Joseph, the youngest, emigrated to the United States in 1883. Here the Goldbergers ran a small grocery store on Pitt Street on New York City's Lower East Side and had three more children.

A product of New York's public schools, Joseph Goldberger entered The City College of New York with hopes of a career in engineering. However, in 1892 Goldberger heard a lecture at Bellevue by physiologist Dr. Austin Flint, Jr. that changed his plans. Perhaps entranced by the intricacies of the human body's structure, Goldberger transferred to medical school and earned an M.D. from Bellevue in 1895.

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