Author Biographical Info

Dr. Philip Showalter Hench was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania February 28, 1896. During the 1940s, Dr. Edward C. Kendall, Hench's colleague at Mayo Clinic, succeeded in extracting a compound from the adrenal cortex. With some of the Clinic patients' willingness, in 1948, Hench and his research colleagues decided to try the compound on the patients to determine its effect on their rheumatoid arthritis. In 1950, Dr. Hench was awarded the Nobel Prize for physiology and medicine jointly with biochemists Dr. Edward C. Kendall and Professor Tadeus Reichstein of Basle.He died on vacation in Jamaica, March 30, 1965.


MS 076

Publication Date(s)

November 2, 2022




Adrenal Cortex Hormones, Adrenocorticotropic Hormone, Anti-inflammatory agents, Antirheumatic Agents, Cortisone, Diet Therapy, Hydrocortisone, Hyperthermia, Induced Immunotherapy, Active Jaundice, Joint Diseases, Musculoskeletal Diseases, Nobel Prizes, Orthomolecular Therapy, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatic Diseases, Rheumatic Fever, Ankylosing spondylitis, Yellow Fever, Arthritis, Bed rest, Gout, Adrenocortical hormones, Thermotherapy, Nobel Prize winners, Rheumatism


The Philip S. Hench, MD, papers (MS 076) is 100 cubic feet of papers, correspondence, reprints, research documents, newspaper articles, photographs, glass slides, sheet music, and audiovisual materials. The collection contains Dr. Hench's personal and professional documents from his childhood, 1896, to his death, 1965. These papers provide information about his family and life, including his service in World War II, his contributions to medical research in rheumatic diseases, his Nobel Award and other awards. See more at MS 076.


Dr. Philip Kahler Hench, son of Dr. Philip Showalter Hench, donated the papers of his father in 1989. Materials were shipped and received by the archives in March 1989.



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