Philip Showalter Hench
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Hench, Philip Showalter
Born Feb. 28, 1896, in Pittsburgh; died Mar. 30, 1965, in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. American rheumatologist.
In 1920, Hench graduated from the medical school of the University of Pittsburgh. In 1921 he became a staff member at the Mayo Clinic; in 1926 he became a consultant in the clinic’s division of medicine and head of the section on rheumatic diseases. From 1928 he taught at the University of Minnesota in Rochester, receiving a professorship there in 1947. Hench studied the role of endocrinologic factors in the clinical treatment of rheumatic diseases. He successfully used cortisone in treating the diseases. Hench was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1950 (jointly with E. Kendall and T. Reichstein).