John Hamilton Korns, M.D.

John Hamilton Korns, son of Silas Wright Korns

Page 120 of the 1949 book "The Genealogy of Michael Korns, Sr. of Somerset County Pennsylvania" indicates that John Hamilton Korns was the son of Silas Wright Korns, and states "John Hamilton Korns, b. Oct. 7, 1883, married Bessie Lee Pennywitt, Sept. 6, 1907.". The Korns book indicates that John and Bessie had three children: Mary Lee Korns, b. June 15, 1908, Robert Fulton Korns, b. Oct. 4, 1912, and William Alexander Korns, b. Nov. 3, 1920. For a memoir and photos of John Hamilton Korns at kornsfamily.net, click here.

John H. Korns was the author or co-author of many publications, including but certainly not limited to:

  • "Incidence of vaccination and smallpox in North China", China Medical Journal, v. 35, p. 561-563.
  • "Further statistics on communicable diseases among domestic servants", China Medical Journal, v. 35, p. 382-384
  • "The diagnosis of tuberculosis by means of the hamster", "The Chinese Medical Journal", 1951
  • "The prevalence of chest pathology as revealed by X-ray of a random sample in Cattaraugus County". p. 47, "Milbank Memorial Fund Quarterly", 1934.

    According to the 1999 book "Bacteriology of Tuberculosis", in 1927, John H. Korns and ____ Lu of the Peking Union Medical College experimented with avian, bovine and human tubercle bacilli using striped hamsters, white mice, and guinea pigs. With the hamsters, it was possible to diagnose tuberculosis in only six weeks after the inoculation. Korns and Lu were the first to work with hamsters in this field.

    The 1928 "Annual Report" Cattaraugus County (N.Y.) Board of health, indicates the John H. Korns had recently became the Director of the Bureau of Tuberculosis, and the Superindendent of the Rocky Crest Sanitarium.

    Index to John Hamilton Korns materials
    John Hamilton Korns, Shanghai, China, 1921: "Toxicity of Antimony in Rabbits"
    John H. Korns 1924 article "Influence of Peking Union Medical College"
    John H. Korns, University of Chicago Alumni
    John H. Korns, Alpha Kappa Kappa fraternity
    John H. Korns, M.D. & wife, sail as Methodist Episcopal Missionaries, 1911
    Joseph Alexander Korns & John Hamilton Korns, Beta Theta Pi
    Photo of John Hamilton Korns, M.D. (Page 121 of Korns book)
    John Hamilton Korns, Medical Survey in China, 1919

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