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Philip Showalter Hench

Hench, Philip Showalter, 1896–1965, American physician, b. Pittsburgh, M.D. Univ. of Pittsburgh, 1920. Associated with the Mayo Foundation of the Univ. of Minnesota school of medicine after 1921, he was made head of the department of rheumatic diseases in 1926, began teaching in 1928, and was made professor in 1947. In 1946 he became consultant to the surgeon general of the U.S. army. He shared with Edward C. Kendall and Tadeus Reichstein the 1950 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his pioneering work in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis with cortisone and ACTH.

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