Dr. Berry Leonidas: Innovative Medical Career

He invented the Eder-Berry biopsy gastroscope in 1955. His invention made it easier for doctors to collect tissue from the inside of the stomach without surgery. Five years after inventing his gastroscope, Dr. Berry studied the stomachs of alcoholics. He discovered that it was the liver, and not the stomach, that became diseased because of too much alcohol. This changed the diagnosis and treatment of alcoholism forever.


Berry combined his innovative medical career with outstanding community service. In 1931, Berry’s father had published A Century of Missions of the AME Church , and Berry contributed a short chapter, “Opportunity of African Methodism in Medical Missions: A Prospectus.” From that point forward, Berry’s work addressed the physical and social welfare of humankind. Berry sought cures for disease by conducting research; as the medical director of the Correctional Health Commission of the AME Church, he addressed many people’s needs. Then too he held dozens of other leadership positions in professional associations and societies.

Berry was a pioneer in gastroscopy and gastroenterology. His expertise in the study of the human stomach was acclaimed worldwide beginning in the 1930s due to his ability as a physician and his pioneering success in the use of the endoscope. Berry produced several books, video recordings, and motion pictures to illustrate the study of the stomach and other organs affected by digestive disorders.


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