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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
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.
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
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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DR. EARL C. PADGETT
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