Walter C. G. Kirchner Reprints


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Walter C. G. Kirchner Reprints


  • 1898-1939 (Creation)


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Biographical history

Walter C.G. Kirchner was a physician and member of the St. Louis-based family of doctors, the Kirchner family, who played a significant role in the founding of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Kirchner obtained his A.B. and M.D.from Washington University in St. Louis in 1897 and 1901 respectively. He spent his early medical career at City Hospital, where he rose through the ranks to become superintendent and surgeon in charge. During World War I, Kirchner was unable to serve active duty, but he became a major in the American Expeditionary Force in France, and was a member of the St. Louis Officers Medical Reserve Corps. In addition to his work at St. Louis area hospitals, Kirchner was an assistant bacteriologist for the city's health department and an instructor in bacteriology at Washington University School of Medicine.

Biography: Walter C. G. Kirchner, Centennial History of Missouri, Volume 6, page 156 URI:

Scope and content

Forty short publications on fossil flora, bacteriology, surgery and medicine by Walter C.G. Kirchner and a few short publications by Arthur Hollick, Elizabeth Britten, and others. The subjects of the medical and surgical reprints include heart and spleen surgery and the treatment of fractured skull and spine, hernia, bowel obstruction, aneurisms, ascites, and wounds to the diaphragm, heart, chest, and abdomen. A table of contents and index for the publications are bound into the volume. A short letter from D.S. Brown of Brownhurst to Walter C. G. Kirchner, 1898, is bound after fossil plant reprints as item 1d. Of special interest is the annual report of the city hospital (1907-08) and Clinic at City Hospital (1906) where Kirchner was superintendent from 1907-1910. Also of interest is "The Bacterial Examination of River Water." (1905), based on work done when he was assistant bacteriologist in the Health department of St. Louis, 1899-1901.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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Custodial history

Becker Library copy:Gift of the author, Walter C.G. Kirchner, to the St. Louis Medical Library in 1942.

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Gift; Becker Library copy: St. Louis Society for Medical and Scientific Education; 1990; (1990-061).

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