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Pediatric Biographies
June 1934

JOHN CONRAD OTTO 1774-1844A NOTE ON THE HISTORY OF HEMOPHILIA

Am J Dis Child. 1934;47(6):1335-1338. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1934.01960130159013

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Abstract

John Conrad Otto (1774 to 1844) was born in Woolbridge, N. J. He studied at Princeton, where he received the degree of A.B. in 1792, and then entered the office of Benjamin Rush; he obtained his degree in medicine from the University of Pennsylvania in 1796. He contracted yellow fever in the epidemic of 1798, and the same year became a physician for the Philadelphia Dispensary. When Rush died in 1813, Otto was appointed one of the physicians for the Pennsylvania Hospital, a position which he held for twenty-two years. He was a fellow of the College of Physicians, and from 1840 until his death on June 26, 1844, was vice president of that organization.

His account of hemophilia, so named by Schönlein, was published in the Medical Repository in 1803, and was based on a study of a family named Smith, from the neighborhood of Plymouth, N. H. In

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