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February 8, 1964

WILHELM HIS, JR. (1863-1934)

JAMA. 1964;187(6):453-454. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060190069022

His, the younger, best known for his description of the atrioventricular conduction bundle of the heart, was born in Basel, Switzerland, while his father was professor of anatomy at the University. When the family moved to Leipzig, Wilhelm, Jr. studied at the Gymnasium in a community famous for music, art, and humanistic amenities, as well as being a focal point for the study and practice of law and medicine. His formative years, having been spent in such an environment as a son of one of the best families, were deeply molded for the best. In his mature years, he was a talented violinist and painter as evidenced by his collection of musical instruments and objects of art. Wilhelm attended the universities of Leipzig, Strasbourg, Bern, and Geneva, studying under the brilliant minds of central Europe, and graduated from the University of Leipzig in 1889. He served as an assistant in

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