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Physician , forensic pathologist.

Milton Helpern, American physician, forensic pathologist.


Helpern, Milton was born on April 17, 1902 in New York City. Son of Moses and Bertha (Toplon) Helpern.


Bachelor of Science, City College of New York, 1922, honorary Doctor of Laws 1972. Doctor of Medicine Cornell Univercity, 1926. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Ghent U., 1970, New York Law School, 1976.


January 1953); children—Nancy (Mistress Edward Moldover), Susan (Mistress Paul Nettler), Alice (Mistress Elliot M. Gross). Married second, Beatrice L. Nightingale, January 1, 1955. Stepchildren—William and Stuart Nightingale.

Intern 2d Medical Division, Bellevue Hospital, New York City, 1927-1929, resident pathologist, 1929-1931, pathologist 2d Surgical Division, 1929-1931. Assistant medical examiner Office Chief Medical Examiner, City New York, 1931-1943, deputy chief medical examiner, 1943-1954, chief medical examiner, 1954-1974. Assistant professor forensic medicine New York University Schools Medicine, 1935-1949, associate professor, 1949-1954, professor, department chairman forensic medicine, 1954-1974, professor emeritus, 1974-1977, Adjunct Professor School Law, 1963-1977.

Assistant professor clinical medicine, lecturer pathology Cornell Univercity, 1940-1966, visiting professor pathology, 1966-1975, emeritus professor, 1975-1977. Director labs. Hospital Special Surgery, 1941-1958, consultant pathologist, 1958-1968, chief pathology emeritus, 1968-1974, honorary chief pathology, 1974-1977. Distinguished visiting professor pathology Center biomedical Education, City College of New York, 1974-1977.

Member medical advisory board New York State Athletic Commission, 1965-1974. Consultant pathologist Knickerbocker Hospital, Englewood Hospital, Bellevue Hospital, Federal Aviation Administration, 1960-1971. Consultant United States Bureau Medicine, United States Public Health Service Hospital, S.I.

Consultant Armed Forces Institute Pathology, 1958-1970, honorary consultant, 1972-1977. Visiting professor pathology South Carolina. Medical College, 1969-1977.

Special consultant War Department, 1943-1946.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (with T.A. Gonzales, M. Vance, C.J. Umberger) Legal Medicine, Pathology and Toxicology, 2d edition., 1954. (with Bernard Knight) Autopsy: Memoirs of Doctor Milton Helpern, the World’s Greatest Medical Detective,1977, paperback edit., 1979. Also articles in field.

      Editor International Microform Journal Legal Medicine. Editorial board Zeitschrift fur Rechtsmedizin, Bulletin de Medecine Legale et de Toxicologie Medicale. Associate editorial board New York State Journal Medicine (Redway Gold medal).


Member medical advisory board New York State Athletic Commission, 1965-1974. Fellow New York Academy Sciences, American Society Clinical Pathologists (Ward Burdick award 1972), College American Pathologists (award outstanding leadership in forensic pathology 1972), American Academy Compensation Medicine (president), New York Academy Medical, International College Surgeons (honorary). Member International Academy Legal Medicine (past vice president).

Member foreign medical societies. Member of American Association for the Advancement of Science, Society Medical Jurisprudence (trustee, (past president), National Association Medical Examiners (founder, past president, award 1971), Medical Society State New York (delegate, trustee), New York County Medical Society (past president), American Medical Association (delegate, distinguished physicians service award 1972), International Academy Traffic and Accident Medicine (past president), International Meetings in Forensic Sciences (past president), American Academy Forensic Sciences (founding. Member 22 foreign medical and legal societies.


Married Ruth Vyner, July 10, 1927 (deceased.; married second, Beatrice L. Nightingale, January 1, 1955. Children: Nancy (Mistress.

Moses Helpern

Bertha (Toplon) Helpern

Ruth Vyner

Beatrice L. Nightingale

Nancy (Mrs Helpern