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Physician

Philip Showalter Hench was an American physician. Hench, along with his Mayo Clinic co-worker Edward Calvin Kendall and Swiss chemist Tadeus Reichstein was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1950 for the discovery of the hormone cortisone, and its application for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

Background

Hench, Philip Showalter was born on February 28, 1896 in Pittsburgh. Son of Jacob Bixler and Clara John (Showalter) Hench.

Education

Bachelor of Arts, Lafayette College, 1916, Doctor of Science, 1940. Doctor of Medicine, University Pittsburgh, 1920, Doctor of Science, 1951. Post graduate study U. Freiburg and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat, Munich, 1928-1929.

Master of Science in Internal Medicine, University of Minnesota, 1931. Doctor of Science, Lafayette College, 1940, Washington and Jefferson College, 1940, Western Reserve U., National U. Ireland, 1950, University of Pittsburgh, 1951. Doctor of Laws, Middlebury (Vermont) College, 1951.

Career

Intern St. Francis Hospital, Pittsburgh, 1920-1921. With Mayo Foundation, Mayo Clinics, Graduate School, University of Minnesota, since 1921. Consultant, head section rheumatic diseases, Mayo Clinic, since 1926.

Professor medicine Mayo Foundation and Graduate School, University of Minnesota, since 1947. Vice president Kahler Corporation, Rochester, Minnesota Chairman arthritis and rheumatism study section National Institutions of Health, United States.P.H.S., 1949-1950. Member of advisory council National Institute Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases, United States.P.H.S., 1950-1953.

Member medical and science committee Arthritis and Rheumatism Foundation. Member advising committee National Research Council. Vice president board of managers Walter Reed Memorial Association Chairman American committee of Ligue International Contre le Rhumatisme.

Titulate to Central Committee of Pan American League Against Rheumatism.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Contributor about 200 articles to medical journals.

Membership

Member of advisory council National Institute Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases, United States.P.H.S., 1950-1953. Member medical and science committee Arthritis and Rheumatism Foundation. Member advising committee National.

Served with Medical Enlisted Reserve Corps, 1917-1919. Fellow American Medical Association, American College of Physicians. Member international, nat., state and local professional societies and associations.

Member or foreign correspondent Several professional associations.

Connections

Hench married Mary Kahler in 1927.His father-in-law, John Henry Kahler, was a friend of Mayo Clinic founder William J. Mayo. Hench and his wife had four children, two daughters and two sons. His son, Philip Kahler Hench also studied rheumatology. Hench died of pneumonia while on vacation in Ocho Rios, Jamaica in 1965.

father:
Jacob Bixler Hench

mother:
Clara John (Showalter) Hench

spouse:
Mary Genevieve Kahler

child:
Mary Showalter Hench

child:
Philip Kahler Hench

child:
Susan Kahler Hench

child:
John Bixler Hench