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Alexis F. Hartmann Sr., a native St. Louisan, spent his entire career at Washington University, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1919, master’s and medical degrees in 1921 and later heading the School of Medicine’s department of pediatrics from 1936-1964. Hartmann also was physician-in-chief of St. Louis Children’s Hospital, where he oversaw the hospital’s racial integration in 1950.

Hartmann’s contributions in medicine include the development of a technique to measure sugar in patients’ blood during medical school, which was a significant step towards the discovery of insulin by Canadian scientists. Due to this experience working with diabetic children, Hartmann developed a lifelong interest in the disease. In 1921, he co-wrote a paper with Philip Schaffer on the Schaffer-Hartmann Method for true blood glucose analysis. Hartmann also created a fluid and electrolyte replacement therapy for infants universally known as Lactated Ringer’s solution, or Hartmann’s Solution. His research led to the 1932 publication of two studies that showed differences in serum electrolyte patterns in dehydration and described the use of the solution to treat acidosis in children. According to a former colleague, Hartmann had great influence on Carl and Gerty Cori by recommending that they study glucose-6-phosphatase in glycogen storage disease. The Coris’ groundbreaking work eventually earned them a Nobel Prize. Throughout his career, Hartmann was honored with awards such as the Gill Prize in Pediatrics in 1921 and the first Abraham Jacobi Award from the American Medical Association’s Section on Pediatrics.

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