Andersen, Dorothy H.

Andersen, Dorothy H. (Hansine)

(1901–1963) pathologist, pediatrician; born in Asheville, N.C. Discoverer of cystic fibrosis (1938) and related diagnostic tests, she did work on congenital heart defects leading to breakthroughs in open-heart surgery. Working at Babies Hospital at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center (1935–63), she became chief pathologist (1952). Independent and free-thinking, she loved the outdoors and carpentry.
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