MS 076 Guide to Philip S. Hench, MD papers; 1896-1965

Philip Showalter Hench (1896-1965)

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.


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. Dr. Hench, a co-developer of cortisone as a anti-inflammatory treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, was a joint winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1950.

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