Edgar Van Nuys Allen

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Edgar Van Nuys Allen (June 22, 1900 – June 14, 1961) was an American doctor who was a native of Cozad, Nebraska. He is remembered for his work done as a Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Edgar Allen was a specialist in cardiovascular medicine, and particularly known for his research of peripheral vascular disease. His name is lent to the eponymous "Allen test", a procedure used to determine blood supply to the hand. He conducted extensive research and development of dicumarol, an anti-coagulant that is produced from coumarin.

Selected writings[edit]

  • "Peripheral vascular diseases". Edgar van Nuys Allen along with associates in the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation; 2nd edition, Philadelphia, Saunders, 1955. 825 pages. 3rd edition by Edgar V. Allen, Nelson W. Barker and Edgar A. Hines, Jr. With the assistance of John A. Spittell, Jr. and others. Philadelphia, Saunders, 1962. 1044 pages. 4th edition, Philadelphia, Saunders, 1972. 797 pages. 5th edition 1980, 981 pages.