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Pediatric Biographies
August 1935

HARALD HIRSCHSPRUNG 1830-1916: A NOTE ON THE HISTORY OF HYPERTROPHY OF THE COLON

Am J Dis Child. 1935;50(2):472-475. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1935.01970080166014
Abstract

Harald Hirschsprung was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Dec. 14, 1830, and died on April 11, 1916. He passed his state examination in 1855 and was made a teacher officially in 1861; in 1870 he was made the head physician to the Queen Louise Children's Hospital in Copenhagen. He became professor of diseases of children in 1877. In 1904 he retired from his hospital and teaching positions. On his seventieth birthday there was a celebration in his honor, and a marble bust was unveiled in the hospital. His dissertation was on the occlusion of the esophagus and the small intestines, and later he published many articles on all sorts of subjects pertaining to pediatrics, especially on intussusception, acute rickets, rheumatic nodules and constipation in the new-born infant from hypertrophy of the colon. His paper on this subject appeared in the Jahrbuch für Kinderheilkunde.1

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