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Helmuth Max Nathan, German physician. Decorated German Officers Cross of Merit 1st class; recipient Deneke medal U. Hamburg, 1932, Salomon Heine medal, 1936; Special Scroll, Albert Einstein College Medicine, 1965, Special diploma as outstanding member of faculty, 1973; also numerous prizes for paintings, graphics, glass windows, sculptures.


Nathan, Helmuth Max was born on October 26, 1901 in Hamburg, Germany. Son of Neumann and Regina (Seligmann) Nathan.


Came to the United States, 1936, naturalized, 1943. Bachelor of Science, Freiburg U. (Germany), 1922. Doctor of Medicine Hamburg U., 1925.


Nathan Norden. Assistant staff U. Freiburg, 1927, Allgemeine Krankenhaus, Hamburg-St. George, 1928-1933. Associate Jewish Hospital, Hamburg, 1933-1936. Cancer research fellow Beth Israel Hospital, New York City, 1936-1954.

Practice medicine, specializing in surgery, New York City, 1937. Consultant surgeon Bronx Municipal Hospital Centre, New York City, 1954-1973, consultant surgeon, 1973-1979. Consultant surgeon Albert Einstein College Hospital and Montefiore Hospital Center, New York City, 1973-1979.

Member of faculty Albert Einstein College, New York City, 1954-1979, professor surgery, 1960-1969, emeritus professor surgery and anatomy, 1969-1979, professor, department chairman history of medicine, 1973-1979. Professor surgery Hamburg U., 1950-1970, emeritus, 1970-1979. Attending staff Beth Israel Hospital.

Lecturer Mount Sinai Medical School, 1973. Senior consultant surgeon New York Medical Society and Compensation Board. Art work represented in permanent collections of museums universities Board of directors Leo Baeck Institute, New York City, Self Help, New York City.

Trustee Bronx Museum Art, 1975.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (with Samuel Standard) Should the Patient Know the Truth? 1954. Contributor articles to professional journals, publications in field of art and medicine. Developed theory of septic focus of circumscribed circulatory systems.

      1st clinical case of encephalitis in bacterial endocarditis and total parotectomy with preservation of facial nerve.


Member American Medical Association (life), New York County (life), Virchow (past president) medical societies, New York Physicians Association (past president), Pirquet Society, International College Surgeons, American College Cardiology, American College Gastroenterology, American Society Facial Plastic Surgery (life), New York Society Medical Illustrators (honorary), Deutschegesellschaft fur Chirurgie (life), Nordwestdeutsche Gesellschaft fur Chirurgie (life), New York Academy of Medicine (life), Academy Science (life), Academy Gastroenterology (life), American Society Abdominal Surgeons, American Association Military Surgeons, New York Physicians and Surgeons, American Physicians Art Association (president 1972-1973), Society Medical Geriatrics, American Association Anatomists, American Association History of Medicine.


Married Irene Nelson, January 17, 1926.

Neumann Nathan

Regina (Seligmann) Nathan

Irene Nelson