Hektoen, Ludvig, 1863-1951

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Undergraduate degree, Luther College, 1883. M.D., College of Physicians and Surgeons, Chicago, Ill., 1887. Intern, Cook County Hospital. Professor, College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1892-1894. Professor of Pathology, Rush Medical College, 1895-1933. Director, John McCormick Institute for Infectious Diseases, Chicago, 1902-1939. Founder and editor, Journal of Infectious Diseases. Editor, Archives of Pathology,1926.

From the description of Papers, 1913-1947. (University of Chicago Library). WorldCat record id: 52248778

Pathologist, professor, and researcher Ludvig Hektoen, 1863-1951, was born in Westby, Wisc. In 1887, he graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Chicago, Ill. Hektoen served in many roles at Cook County Hospital, Rush Medical College, the College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the University of Chicago as pathologist and professor of pathology and anatomy. Hektoen served as director of the John McCormick Institute for Infectious Diseases from 1902 to 1942, which he helped found with James Herrick and Frank Billings. Hektoen served as president for many professional organizations and founded the Journal of Infectious Diseases in 1904. He also conducted research and wrote about a variety of topics, including infectious diseases, bacteriology, immunology, blood cultures, and cancer. The papers of Ludvig Hektoen, 1897-1952, consist of biographical material including bibliographies, biographical sketches, obituaries, and clippings; letters to and from Hektoen; writings by and about Hektoen; and other material, including a dinner program from a dinner held in honor of the anniversary of Hektoen's graduation, 1912.

From the description of Ludvig Hektoen Papers, 1897-1952. (Rush University Medical Center). WorldCat record id: 742623614

Ludvig Hektoen was born on July 2 1863 in Vernon County, Wisconsin, to P. and Olava Hektoen. He attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa between 1877 and 1883, when he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. Between 1883 and 1884 he studied pre-medicine at the University of Wisconsin. He then studied at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Chicago until he graduated with an MD in 1887 as valedictorian of his class.

Between 1887 and 1889 Hektoen interned at Cook County Hospital, and then between 1889 and 1891 held positions as the curator of the Museum of Rush Medical College and as the registrar of Cook County Hospital. In 1891 he was appointed professor of pathology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. In the same year, he married Ellen Strandh. In 1894, Hektoen was appointed professor of morbid anatomy at Rush Medical College, a position he held until 1933. From 1901 until 1932 he was also professor and head of the department of pathology at the University of Chicago.

Throughout his career, Hektoen served on a number of professional boards: Director of the John McCormick Institute for Infectious Diseases from its founding in 1902 until 1937; Chairman of the Committee on Scientific Research for the AMA in 1915; Chairman of the Chicago Medical Society from 1919 to 1921; Chairman of the Division of Medical Sciences of the National Research Council in 1924, 1926 and 1929; member of the National Advisory Health Council of the U.S. Public Health Service from 1932 until 1937. He was editor of The Journal of Infectious Diseases from its founding in 1904 until 1941.

Hektoen died July 5, 1951 in Chicago.

From the guide to the Hektoen, Ludvig. Papers, 1913-1947, (Special Collections Research Center University of Chicago Library 1100 East 57th Street Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.)

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referencedIn Ludvig Hektoen, biographical data and bibliography, [19--?]. National Library of Medicine
creatorOf Hektoen, Ludvig, 1863-1951. Ludvig Hektoen Papers, 1897-1952. Rush University Medical Center Library, RUMC Library
creatorOf Hektoen, Ludvig, 1863-1951. Papers, 1913-1947. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Aldred Scott Warthin papers, 1893-1947, 1923-1931 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
creatorOf Hektoen, Ludvig, 1863-1951. Records of clinical case histories and postmortem examinations : manuscript, 1885-1889. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn F. H. (Frank Henry) Pike papers, ca. 1922-1952, 1922-1952 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Records of Clinical Case Histories and Postmortem Examinations, 1885-1889, Crerar Ms 74 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
referencedIn Stenn, Frederick. Papers, 1938-1964. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Herrick, James Bryan, 1861-. Papers, 1886-1953 (inclusive). University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Davenport, Charles Benedict, 1866-1944. Charles Benedict Davenport papers, 1874-1944. American Philosophical Society Library
referencedIn Jordan, Edwin Oakes. Papers, 1888-1936 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
creatorOf Cook County (Ill.). Coroner. Cook County (Ill.) Coroner's investigation register, 1890 Mar. 1-1892 May 23. Chicago History Museum
creatorOf Hektoen, Ludvig, 1863-1951. Bibliography. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Society of Medical History of Chicago. Records, 1830-1982 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
creatorOf Warthin, Aldred Scott, 1866-1931. Aldred Scott Warthin papers, 1893-1947 (bulk 1923-1931). University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Herrick, James Brian. Papers, 1886-1953 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
referencedIn Jordan, Edwin Oakes, 1866-1936. Papers, 1888-1936 (inclusive). University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Pike, Frank Henry, 1876-1953. Papers, ca. 1922-1952. American Philosophical Society Library
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referencedIn Stenn, Frederick. Papers, 1938-1964. University of Chicago Library
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associatedWith Abt, Isaac A. (Isaac Arthur), 1867- person
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associatedWith Billings, Frank, 1854-1932. person
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associatedWith Cook County (Ill.). Coroner. corporateBody
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associatedWith Davenport, Charles Benedict, 1866-1944. person
associatedWith Embree, Edwin R. (Edwin Rogers), 1883-1950. person
associatedWith Flexner, Simon, 1863-1946. person
associatedWith Grulee, Clifford G. (Clifford Groselle), 1880-1962. person
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associatedWith Jordan, Edwin Oakes, 1866-1936. person
associatedWith Lillie, Frank Rattray, 1870-1947. person
associatedWith Mayo, William James, 1861-1939. person
associatedWith National Cancer Institute (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Pike, F. H., (Frank Henry) person
associatedWith Pike, Frank Henry, 1876-1953. person
associatedWith Putzel, L. (Leopold), b. 1855. person
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Birth 1863-07-02

Death 1951-07-05

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