Tuesday, February 28, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: February 28

February 28, 1896 – Philip Showalter Hench, an American physician known for his work in rheumatology, was born on this date. In 1948, while working at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Hench noticed that during pregnancy and in the presence of jaundice the severe pain of arthritis may decrease and even disappear. With Edward Kendall, he successfully applied an adrenal hormone (later known as cortisone) in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

In 1950, Hench shared the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine with Kendall and Tadeus Reichstein for discoveries relating to the hormones of the adrenal cortex, their structure and biological effects.


Philip Showalter Hench


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