Christian Fenger, pathologic anatomist and surgeon to the hospitals of Chicago, influenced the careers of many in their rise to professional stature, some to eminence and fame. Fenger was born in Jutland (Denmark) at Breininggaard, an old estate, formerly a monastery, named for the village of Breininge Sogn.1 One of twelve children, Fenger received some schooling at home, then attended a private school for eight years. One year of engineering was completed in a polytechnic school before he followed the family tradition and turned to medicine at the University of Copenhagen. During his seven years of higher education, a portion of his support was gained through teaching in the high school and instructing medical and dental students. His pursuit of medicine was twice interrupted by war; the first time he served as assistant physician to a Danish battery corps at Assens, in the Schleswig-Holstein War; the second assignment in
CHRISTIAN FENGER (1840-1902) IMMIGRANT DANE IN CHICAGO. JAMA. 1965;192(12):1090–1091. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080250068018
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