University of Kansas School of Medicine - Jayhawker MD Yearbook (Kansas City, KS)

 - Class of 1947

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sw A 4 21.4122 5 uffwglzw Dr. Arthur Emanuel Hertzler, surgeon, born at West Point, Iowa, Iuly 25, 1870, S. Daniel and Hannah Krehbiel Hertzler. His forebears had been residents of Southern Bavaria, Swiss border for 400 years, source unknown. In 1833 they migrated to Butler County, Ohio, then to West Point: Township, Lee Co., Iowa, in 1839, along with other Mennonites from southern Bavaria. His mother, Hannah Krehbiel was the first Mennonite child born west of the Mississippi. Dr. Hertzler graduated from Denmark Academy, near West Point, Iowa, in 1887, and received an A.B. from Southwestern College, Winfield, Kans, in 1890. After his graduation from Northwestern University School of Medicine, Chicago, April 24, 1894, he establish- ed a "horse and buggy" practice in Halstead, Kansas. Among his honors and achievements are: received B.S., Southwestern College, Winfield, Kans., lune 10, 1896, M.A., Iune 17, 1897, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Ill., did postgraduate work on anatomy and surgical pathology in Berlin, Germany, from 1899 to 1901 under Professors Hans Virchow and Wilhelm V. Waldeyer, LL.D. from Washburn College, Topeka, Kans., Iune 8, 1902, Ph.D., Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, lll., Iune ll, 1903, Fellow of American College of Anatomists, 1905, Fel- low of American College of Surgeons, 1913, of Anesthetists, 1938, LL.D., Southwestern College, Winfield, Kans., March 4, 1939, Sc.D., Boston University, Boston, Mass., March 13, 1939, Lit. D., Bethel College, Newton, Kansas, May 31, 1939. Married to Myrtle Arnold of Denmark, Iowa, May 1, 1894, three daughters, Agnes Hancock deceased, Helen Lenore and Margaret Lois. Married to Irene A. Koeneke, M.D., Iune 8, 1935. After Dr. Hertzler's return from Germany he taught pathology from 1902 to 1907 and was surgeon and gynecologist from 1907 to 1909 at the University Medical College at Kansas City, Mo. Since then until 1945 he was Prof. of Surgery at Kansas University Medical School. Dr. Hertzler lectured extensively at medical society meetings and to medical university groups throughout the United States and Canada until 1940 when his health did not permit so much traveling. As one Kansas City physician once put it, for more than four decades Dr. Hertzler was the chief justice of the' Supreme Court of Pathologists in the Mid-West. When his opinion was handed down there was very little argument, and from it there was no appeal. He tirelessly and unselfishly made many contributions to the advancement of scientific medicine. He had that rare faculty of imparting information to a student in an interesting and simple fashion, which made him a great teacher. In 1902 he founded the Halstead Hospital and Clinic which in 30 years grew to an institution of 210 beds. He gave the Hospital to the Sisters of St. Ioseph in 1933. He had conducted researches in diseases of the peritoneum since 1894. Among other things he made important discoveries as to local anesthesia and diseases of the thyroid gland. He was a member of the American Board of Surgery, Mid-West Association Anesthetists, Inter- national Anes. Research Society, Kansas Lab. Society, Kansas Academy of Science, American Medical Associa- tion, Kansas Medical Soc., Harvey Co. Med. Soc., Iackson Med. Soc.,Am. Assoc. for Cancer Research, Assoc. for Study of Internal Secretions, Western Surg. Assoc., Am. Assoc. for Study of Goiter, Soc. Am. Anatomists, etc. Lodges: Masonic. ln addition to his many books Dr. Hertzler has written numerous articles filling three volumes. Milestones among his books are: Laboratory Manual of Histology, Newton, Kans., 1904, which was used as a textbook at the Univer- sity Medical College, Kansas City. Treatise on Tumors, 725 pp.,- Lea and Febiger, 1912-it was for this work that Dr. Hertzler first had the noted medical illustrator, Tom Iones of Illinois University, then a young portrait painter, do the work of illustrating his books and articles. Surgical Operations With Local Anesthesia, 1913, was the first textbook in English, on local anesthesia. Revisions of the Local Anesthesia were published in 1916, 1925, 1928, 1933 and 1937. In 1919 he published his important two-volume work on The Peritoneum, 840 pages, from which ensued a one-volume Spanish translation in 1923, E1 Peritonei, which was widely used by Dr. Hertzler's medical admirers in South America. In rapid succession then he wrote: Clinical Surgery by -Case Histories, 2 volumes, 1921, Diseases of the Thyroid Gland, C. V. Mosby Co., 1922, ed. 2, 1929, ed. 3, 1935, Minor Surgery twith Dr. V.. E. Cheskyl 1927, ed. 2 1930, Surgery of General Practice, 1934, and the Lippincott series of monographs on Surgical Pothology-of Bones 1931, of Skin, Fascia, Muscles, etc., 1931, of Genito-Urinary Organs, 1931, of Female Generative Organs, l932,tof Mammary Gland, 1933, of the Peritoneum, 1935, of the Gastro-Intestinal Tract, 1936, of the Thyroid Gland, 1936, of Diseases of the Neck, 1937, and of the Mouth and laws, 1938. Then came the immensely popular Book-of-the-Month Club selection for August, 1938, The Horse and Buggy Doctor, Harpers, which ran 45 editions, plus that many printings for the Book-of-the-Month Club, followed by a London and a Swedish edition early in 1939, the Blue Ribbon ed., Garden City, 1941, Pocketbook ed. for Arme-d Forces, 1944, and the civilian Pocketbook ed., 1946. The Doctor and His Patients tThe American Domestic Scene as Viewed by the Family Doctorl, Harpers, 1940, although not nearly so popular as the preceding book, ran 6 editions, followed by the London ed. in 1941 and the Blue Ribbon ed., 1942. ln 1941 Hoeber published his Diseases of the Thyroid Gland, Presenting the Experience of More Than Forty Years, a major ,work of 670 pages. Three privately printed books followed: The Groundsiof an Old Surgeon's Faith, A Scientific Study Into the Causes of War, Wichita Eagle, Wichita, Kans., 1944, The Ventures in Science of a Country Surgeon, 1944, and Always the Child, 1946. During the course of Dr. Hertzler's many years of teach- ing, lecturing and writing, he collected an extensive library of which.in 1921 he gave 8000 volumes to Kans. Univ. Medical Library, Kansas City, and in 1937, 10,000 volumes to Illinois University School of Medicine, Chicago. Work Dr. Hertzler started in 1942 on Visual Education in Medicine at Illinois University is being carried on by the artist, Tom Iones. Dr. Hertzler's prowess as a pistol and rifle shot was widely known, many medals attest to his accuracy. He was Champion in 1930, U. S. Revolver Assoc., Match S, withra score of 273. Other hobbies included collecting of Lincoln and other Civil War, Americans. He was a benefactor to the Children's Home in Newton, Kans. and helped grade and high school bands in Halstead and neighboring towns to obtain instruments and uniforms. Dr. Hertzler passed away from uremia Sept. 12, 1946, after a brief illness. Two grandchildren, Drs. Dan and Dean Huebert, are interning in Kansas City and Denver, and a third grandson, Iohn Hertzler Brown, is attending premedical school in Los Angeles.

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