Kober, George M. (George Martin), 1850-1931

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Dr. Kober was acting Assistant Surgeon in the U.S. Army from 1874-1886, and in 1890 became Professor of Hygiene at the Georgetown Medical School. An active member of civic and professional organizations, Kober was particularly interested in local health reform. He was Dean of the Georgetown Medical School from 1901-1928.

From the description of George M. Kober papers, 1870-1938. (National Library of Medicine). WorldCat record id: 14324388

Dr. George M. Kober, a pioneer in public health reform during the last quarter of the nineteenth and the first quarter of the twentieth centuries, was the author of about 200 articles dealing with the subjects of hygiene, disease prevention, surgery, anthropology and philanthropy. He was particularly concerned with the problems of infant mortality, milk pasteurization, water purification and pollution control, tuberculosis, social hygiene and venereal disease, and housing reform. An active member of several local and national civic and professional organizations, Dr. Kober was highly respected by his colleagues and leaders of the community. On the occasion of his eightieth birthday, Georgetown University presented him with a bronze plaque bearing the inscription: "George Martin Kober, Physician, Patriot, philanthropist."

  • 1850: Born (March 28) in Alsfeld, Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany
  • 1867: Emigrated to the United States
  • 1870: Appointed Hospital Steward, U.S. Army
  • 1873: Received M.D. degree from Georgetown University
  • 1874: Urinology and Its Practical Application published.
  • 1874 - 86 : Acting Assistant Surgeon, U.S. Army
  • 1886: Resigned from the U.S. Army
  • 1889: President, National Housing Association
  • 1890: Professor of Hygiene, Georgetown Medical School
  • 1898: President, Medical and Surgical Society of the District of Columbia
  • 1901 - 28 : Dean, Georgetown Medical School
  • 1902: Milk in Relation to Public Health published
  • 1903: President, Medical Society of the District of Columbia
  • 1906: President, Association of American Medical Colleges
  • 1906: Member, Board of Charities of the District of Columbia
  • 1908: Member, The President's Homes Commission
  • 1908: Industrial Hygiene and Social Betterment published
  • 1909 - 16 : Secretary, Association of American Physicians
  • 1912: President, Section IV, Industrial and Occupational Hygiene, 15th International Congress on Hygiene and Demography
  • 1915: President, National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis
  • 1916: Diseases of Occupation and Vocational Hygiene published
  • 1916: Chairman, Sub-section C, Sociological Medicine of the Pan-American Scientific Congress
  • 1921: Tuberculosis Among North American Indians published
  • 1927: Development of Charitable and Reformatory Institutions in the District of Columbia published
  • 1928: Resigned as Dean, Georgetown Medical School
  • 1930: Publication of Reminiscences, v.1
  • 1931: Died (April 24) of coronary occlusion

From the guide to the George M. Kober Papers, 1866-1938, (History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine)

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referencedIn Neumann, Felix Jonathan, 1858-1934. Felix J. Neumann papers, 1883-1979 (bulk 1883-1935). National Library of Medicine
creatorOf George M. Kober Papers, 1866-1938 History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine
referencedIn Felix J. Neumann Papers, 1883-1979 (bulk 1883-1935) History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine
referencedIn Hench, Philip S., 1896-1965. Philip S. Hench Walter Reed Yellow Fever Collection, 1806-1995, bulk 1863-1974 Historical Collections, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia
creatorOf Kober, George Martin, 1850-1931. George M. Kober papers, 1870-1938. National Library of Medicine
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associatedWith Carter, Henry Rose, 1852-1925 person
associatedWith Hench, Philip S. (Philip Showalter), 1896-1965 person
associatedWith Kean, Jefferson Randolph, 1860-1950 person
associatedWith Lazear, Jesse William, 1866-1900 person
associatedWith Neumann, Felix Jonathan, 1858-1934. person
associatedWith Reed, Walter, 1851-1902 person
associatedWith United States. Army corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
District of Columbia
United States
Health care reform
Health care reform
Medicine, Military
Medicine, Military
Public health
Public health
Social welfare


Birth 1850

Death 1931


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