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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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Frantz, Virginia Kneeland (13 November 1896–23 August 1967), surgeon and medical pathologist, was born in New York City, the daughter of Yale Kneeland, a wheat merchant, and Anna Ilsley Ball. She attended Brearley School in New York City and entered Bryn Mawr College in 1914, intending to prepare for a career in medicine. Toward that end she was encouraged by college president ...

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Arthur Emanuel Hertzler Courtesy of the Clendening History of Medicine Library, University of Kansas Medical Center.

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Hertzler, Arthur Emanuel (25 July 1870–12 September 1946), physician, surgeon, and pathologist, was born in the Mennonite community of West Point, Iowa, the son of Daniel Hertzler, a farmer, and Hannah Krehbiel, the first Mennonite child born west of the Mississippi River. Hertzler’s parents grew to hold divergent religious beliefs, separating their family, according to Hertzler, “as completely broken as it would have been by divorce,” and leaving Hertzler a lifelong skeptic about organized religion....

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Hurdon, Elizabeth (28 January 1868–29 January 1941), gynecologist and pathologist, was born in Bodmin, England, the daughter of John Hurdon, a linen and woolen draper, and Ann Coom. Soon after her birth, the Hurdons and their two daughters moved to Canada. Not much is known about Elizabeth’s early years, but by age thirteen she was attending the Wesleyan Ladies College in Hamilton, Ontario, where in 1886 she received a degree in literature. In 1895 she received a medical degree from the Trinity College of the University of Toronto....