She was born in Atlanta as the third of eleven children, and when she finished medical school in 1928 in Georgia, she was one of three women who have graduated at the same university. Leila was involved in finding a cure against cough, and in 1971 published a book, “A Chance for Every Child” in which noted herself as the first pediatrician who defended smoking in the presence of children.
In 2002, she published the book “Dr. Denmark said it,” which is a set of texts most experienced American pediatrician with advice to mothers around the world. A year before that with 103 years and 3 months, Dr. Denmark retired, and officially became the oldest active working pediatrician.
She survived two world wars and 20 US presidents. Her memory is also part of the collective memory of the man’s achievements in the last hundred years. After she turned 114, they asked her what she would recommend to people who plan to experience a hundred, she said: