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Ludvig Hektoen, 19 February 1919
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Special Collections and University Archives
Ludvig Hektoen Papers, 1884-1952
Pathologist, professor, and researcher Ludvig Hektoen, 1863-1951, was born in Westby, Wisc. He attended medical school at the College of Physicians and Surgeons and graduated in 1887 as valedictorian of his class. He served as an intern at Cook County Hospital for a year, then held various positions until his appointment as professor of pathology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons from 1892 to 1894. He was professor of pathology at Rush Medical College from 1895 until 1933, and was professor and head of the department of pathology at the University of Chicago from 1901 until 1932.
Dr. Hektoen published widely and served as editor of a number of medical journals, including long tenures at the Journal of Infectious Diseases and the Archives of Pathology. He was a member of numerous local, national, and international medical societies. Locally, he was president of the Chicago Medical Society from 1919 to 1921, and of the Chicago Pathological Society from 1898 to 1902; and he was a founder of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago in 1915.
In 1942, Dr. Hektoen received the AMA's Distinguished Service Medal for his life's work. He died 5 July 1951, at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago.
Biography provided by UIC Library of the Health Sciences Special Collections and University Archives
The following two repositories have collections related to Ludvig Hektoen:
UIC Library of the Health Sciences Special Collections and University Archives
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Collection name: Ludvig Hektoen Papers (1884-1952)
Repository: UIC Library of the Health Sciences Special Collections and University Archives
Creator: Hektoen, Ludvig, (1884-1951)
Call Number: RG 027-12-21
Linear feet: .25 linear feet
Collection Overview: This collection contains Ludvig Hektoen's Cancer Diary, travel orders, his biographical sketch, and reprints of his articles.
Rush University Medical Center Archives
Collection name: Ludvig Hektoen Papers (1897-1952)
Repository: Rush University Medical Center Archives
Creator: Hektoen, Ludvig, 1863-1951
Call Number: 1533
Extent: About 180 items, 2.0 linear feet
Collection Overview: The Ludvig Hektoen Papers, 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.