Herman F. Philipp, M. D., of Wichita, Kan., one of the best educated physicians in the state, is a native of Germany, having been born in West Prussia, Dec. 12, 1862. His earlier education was obtained in the gymnasium, where he completed Latin and Greek. He then entered the college of Frederick William, at Berlin, where he was graduated high in his class. After his graduation at that noted institution he entered the Academy de Medicine, at Paris, France, and after one term in postgraduate work, he received his degree in medicine from that celebrated school. He then decided to take a special course in surgery at the University of Heidelberg, upon completing which he became associate of Prof. Schweninger, at that time the family physician of Prince Bismarck, the noted German chancellor. Dr. Philipp began the practice of medicine and surgery in Berlin, where for twelve years he was very successful. He then removed to Bonn on the Rhine, where he equipped a fine laboratory, with X-Ray apparatus, and remained for eight years. It was while experimenting with the X-Ray that he made the discovery that, when treating a male patient, the X-Ray had the effect of killing the germ of reproduction, thus making its victim sterile. Dr. Philipp was the original discoverer of this effect and in 1904 he published his discovery in the Progress of X-Ray, edited by Dr. Albers-Schoenberg. Dr. Philipp was also the discoverer that palsy or Parkington's disease originated in brain and spinal cord instead of in the muscles, and for this discovery he received, in 1900, complimentary notice in the archives of nerve diseases at Leipsic, Germany. In 1909 Dr. Philipp came to America to visit relatives in St. Louis, Mo., and was so pleased with this country that he resolved to apply for a license to practice in Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado, his purpose being to select the most desirable state after receiving his license. He was granted a license in each of the above named states, and after a thorough investigation he decided to locate in Wichita, Kan. Consequently, on March 1, 1910, he opened a finely equipped suite of rooms in the Winne Building, at Wichita, and installed what is said to be the most elaborate and modern X-Ray apparatus in the state. It is needless to say that from the start he has met with deserved success and a growing practice that not only covers Kansas, but also all north Oklahoma as well. In 1911 he founded the "Modern Hospital" in Wichita, of which he is the superintendent.
Dr. Philipp was married in Germany, in 1895, to Miss Frieda Boysen, a native of Germany, and three children bless this union, viz: Werner, Felicitas, and Herman. Dr. Philipp is a Republican in politics, and a member of the Sedgwick county, Kansas state, and American medical associations. The family are members of the St. John Episcopal Church at Wichita.Pages 1210-1211 from volume III, part 2 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
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