Olmsted, William H.

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Olmsted, William H.

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  • Olmsted, Wm. H.
  • Olmsted, William Harwood
  • Olmsted, W. H.
  • Bill Olmsted

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William H. Olmsted (1887-1978) received his M.D. degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1913. He was an intern, 1913-1914 and resident and assistant resident, 1914-1917, at Barnes Hospital and afterwards served with Base Hospital 21, the medical unit sent by the hospital and WUSM to support American troops in World War 1. After the war, Olmsted re-joined the clinical faculty of the WUSM Department of Medicine, climbing the ladder from assistant in internal medicine to associate professor from 1915-1952.Olmsted became emeritus in 1952 .

In Barnes Hospital's first year of operation in 1914, Olmsted was the second medical resident to join the staff, along with acting as a clinical research pathologist, 1914. He was the first head of the hospital's chemical laboratory in 1920, and was the founding president of the Barnes Hospital Society in 1925. Olmsted became physician emeritus in 1952 .

From 1920 to 1963, Dr. Olmsted practiced as a private physician. He was certified in the practice of internal medicine in 1936, specializing in diabetes. In 1920, insulin was discovered to be effective in the treatment of diabetes, and Barnes Hospital was one of the first selected in the country to use the hormone to treat patients. Since Olmsted was the resident expert in diabetes, he became the first doctor to use insulin in St. Louis in the year 1922. Years later, in 1949, he founded the St. Louis Diabetes Association.


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Entered into A to M December 16, 2019 1:17 PM
Revised in A to M March 11, 2020


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  1. Washington University School of Medicine bulletin, 1915-1950
  2. Collection VC150 - William H. Olmsted Photographs, Certificates, and Plaques online in A to M March 11, 2020 (Certificates, and Plaques: William H. Olmsted, M.D.- 5; Dr. Wm. H. Olmsted-1)
  3. Collection FC026 - William H. Olmsted Papers (letter; Bill Olmsted; William H. Olmsted; Wm. H. Olmsted (signature, 1917)
  4. Curriculum Vitae, 1936-1958, Collection VF05554 - Olmsted, William H., Vertical File (William Harwood Olmsted; W.H. Olmsted)

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