Karl, Irene E., Vertical File


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Karl, Irene E., Vertical File


  • 1959-2006 (Creation)


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Irene E. Karl was born in 1915 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1937 with a bachelor's degree, the only woman in a class of 400. She then became the first woman to earn a doctorate in science from the University of Wisconsin in 1940.

From 1941 to 1943, Karl worked as a biochemist at Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She took 16 years off from her career to raise two daughters with her husband, Dr. Michael M. Karl, before resuming her work again in 1959 as a research assistant in preventative medicine at Washington University School of Medicine. In 1966, Karl became a research instructor for the Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism Division of Internal Medicine, and in 1981, she became a research professor of medicine at Washington University.

Karl also served on the Committee on Admissions for the School of Medicine. She dedicated more than 50 years to identifying and understanding diabetes and sepsis, which is the leading cause of death in neonatal and surgical intensive-care units.

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The Vertical File Collection is open and accessible for research.

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Item description, Reference Code, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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See also Anthony S. Pagliara files.

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