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Fenger, Christian (03 November 1840–07 March 1902), surgeon, pathologist, and teacher, was born on the Brejninggaard estate in North Jutland, Denmark, the son of Hans Frederik Fenger and Frederikke Mathilde Fjelstrup, prosperous farmers. An uncle, Carl Emil Fenger, a physician and faculty member at the University of Copenhagen, may have influenced Fenger’s ultimate choice of profession. First, however, young Fenger entered the Polytechnic Institute in Copenhagen to study engineering. After the first year his father urged him to go into medicine, and so he entered the university’s medical school, obtaining his license to practice in 1867 and his M.D. in 1874, with a thesis on cancer of the stomach....

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Pearce, Richard Mills, Jr. (03 March 1874–16 February 1930), pathologist and medical educator, was born in Montreal, Quebec, the son of Richard Mills Pearce and Sarah Smith. His American-born parents moved to New England, where Pearce grew up. After graduating with an M.D. from Tufts College Medical School in 1894, he tried medical practice but felt drawn to the laboratory and soon was working in ...

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Smith, Harry Pratt (18 February 1895–12 April 1972), pathologist and medical educator, was born in Johnson County, Iowa, the son of Walter Z. Smith and Estella M. Pratt, homestead farmers. He spent his boyhood on a farm near Gotebo, Oklahoma. He attended the University of California at Berkeley, receiving an A.B. in 1916, an M.S. in 1918, and an M.D. in 1921. In 1917 he met ...

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George Hoyt Whipple. Courtesy of the Clendening History of Medicine Library, University of Kansas Medical Center.

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Whipple, George Hoyt (28 August 1878–01 February 1976), pathologist and medical educator, was born in Ashland, New Hampshire, the son of Ashley Cooper Whipple, a physician, and Anna Hoyt. His home was surrounded by lakes and mountains, and he spent a happy childhood filled with days of hunting, fishing, and camping, activities he continued to enjoy into his ninth decade....