Henry Hun

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Henry Hun (March 21, 1854 – March 14, 1924)[1] an American physician, was professor of Nervous Diseases at the Albany Medical College in New York for 30 years. He published several unique teaching volumes for his students as well as numerous journal articles on neurological disorders.


Hun was born in Albany, the son of a physician. He attended The Albany Academy and received his bachelor degree from the Sheffield Scientific School of Yale University in 1874. He studied medicine at Harvard Medical School and earned his M.D. in 1879.[2] He then spent two and a half years studying at numerous medical facilities in Germany, Vienna, Paris, and London. Union College (New York) conferred an honorary M.D. to him in 1883, and Yale University presented to him an honorary A.M. in 1914.[citation needed]

Hun was active in professional societies. He was president of the Albany Medical Society in 1892, vice president of the American Neurological Association in 1887, and its president in 1914. He was president of the Association of American Physicians in 1910.[2] He was a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the New York State Medical Society. He served as an attending physician at the St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, the children’s hospital at the Albany Medical Center, the Albany Hospital, and the Albany Hospital for Incurables, and served as a consultant to Brady Hospital and Maternity Home in Albany. His civic activities included the Board of Trustees of the Albany Academy, president of the Board of the Trustees of Dudley Observatory in Schenectady, New York, and Chairman of the Advisory Board of New York State No. 27 during World War I.[citation needed]

After his return from Europe, Hun published A Guide to American Medical Students in Europe in 1883. In his book, he provides detailed descriptions about the various medical facilities in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and in Paris, London, and Dublin. He listed professors and their specialties, the courses offered, and details of travel and lodging. He wrote a textbook titled An Atlas of the Differential Diagnosis of the Diseases of the Nervous System. He published A Syllabus a Course of Lectures on the Diseases of the Nervous System, designed as a Note Book for the Use of Students, a two-volume book of his lectures to medical students. The Syllabus is unique in that they contain blank pages under various headings so that the student can enter the contents of his lectures. He was a co-editor of the journal, Albany Medical Annals, for many years.[citation needed]

Hun died in his Albany home, the Dr. Hun Houses, a week before turning 70.[citation needed]



  1. ^ Lamb, Robert B. (July 1, 1924). "In memoriam Dr. Henry Nun". Am J Psychiatry 81 (1): 153–155. 
  2. ^ a b Lanska, D. J. (2001). "Henry Hun (1854-1924)". Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry 70 (3): 349–349. doi:10.1136/jnnp.70.3.349.  edit

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