Gellenthien, Carl H.

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C. H. Gellenthien, M.D., 1953 (Credit: Merrill Chase)

Born November 22, 1900 in Chicago, Illinois, Carl Herman Gellenthien (1900-1989) attended medical school at the University of Chicago, College of Medicine. His medical career was placed on hold in 1924 after a self-diagnosis of tuberculosis in a school laboratory. It was Gellenthien's contraction of the disease that introduced him to the state of New Mexico, where he recovered for thirteen months at Valmora Industrial Sanatorium. Although he had planned on being a medical missionary in India, Gellenthien decided to complete his medical education and return to New Mexico. In 1927, he went back to Valmora to practice general medicine and to marry Alice Brown, the daughter of Dr. William T. Brown, the sanatorium's founder and medical director.

For more than sixty years, Dr. Gellenthien was a physician at Valmora, where he became medical director of the sanatorium on the death of Dr. Brown. Along the way he became a nationally recognized tuberculosis specialist. During his distinguished career, Dr. Gellenthien served as Medical Director of Valmora, President of the New Mexico Medical Society, Vice-President of the American Medical Association as well as President of the American Academy of Tuberculosis Physicians. In 1986, Dorothy Simpson Beimer wrote a book entitled, Hovels, Haciendas, and House Calls, documenting Gellenthien's lifelong relationship with tuberculosis. Carl Gellenthien died in 1989 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

From the guide to the Carl H. Gellenthien Oral History, 1984, (New Mexico Health Historical Collection UNM Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center.)

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creatorOf Carl H. Gellenthien Oral History, 1984 New Mexico Health Historical Collection, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center
referencedIn New Mexico State Tuberculosis Sanatorium Records, 1943-1954
referencedIn Carl H. Gellenthien Collection of the Valmora Industrial Sanatorium Records, 1909-1992, 1919-1960
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associatedWith American College of Chest Physicians. corporateBody
associatedWith American Medical Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Atcheson, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad. corporateBody
associatedWith Brown, Robert O. person
associatedWith Brown, William T. person
associatedWith Crail, Franklin H. person
associatedWith Des Marais, Miguel F. person
associatedWith Elliott, Carey B. person
associatedWith Gekler, Walter A. person
associatedWith Gellenthien, Alice Brown. person
associatedWith Hospitals, Private person
associatedWith Kaser, Walter E. person
associatedWith Lovelace Clinic (Albuquerque, N.M.). corporateBody
associatedWith Lovelace, William Randolph, 1883-1968 person
associatedWith Lovelace, William Randolph, II., 1907-1966 person
associatedWith Mera, Frank E., 1879-1970 person
associatedWith Methodist Deaconesses Sanatorium (Albuquerque, N.M.). corporateBody
associatedWith Montezuma Hotel (Las Vegas, N.M.). corporateBody
associatedWith Muir, John W. person
associatedWith Mulky, Carl, 1877- person
associatedWith National Tuberculosis Association. corporateBody
associatedWith New Mexico. Department of Health. corporateBody
associatedWith New Mexico Tuberculosis Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Peters, Le Roy, 1882-1941 person
associatedWith Shaw, Edwin B. person
associatedWith Spidle, Jake W., 1941-. corporateBody
associatedWith Sunmount Sanatorium (Santa Fe, N.M.). corporateBody
associatedWith Tipton, William R. person
associatedWith University of Illinois. College of Medicine (Chicago). corporateBody
associatedWith Valmora Industrial Sanatorium (Valmora, N.M.). corporateBody
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Birth 1900

Death 1989



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