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Paul Herbert Kimmelstiel

Born  190
Died  1970

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German-born American physician, born March 21, 1900, Hamburg; died March 7, 1970, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.A.

Biography of Paul Herbert Kimmelstiel

Paul Herbert Kimmelstiel was born to a Jewish merchant family in Hamburg. He studied medicine at the universities of Hamburg, Kiel, Munich, Bonn, and Tübingen. He received his medical doctorate in 1923, and in 1930 he was promoted associate professor at the department of pathology at Hamburg-Eppendorf. However, in 1933 he fled Nazi Germany and immigrated to the USA with his wife and two small children.

Kimmelstiel obtained a position at the Harvard Institute of Pathology under George Kenneth Mallory (born 1900). Here he met Clifford Wilson, then a prominent visiting professor, and together they described the intercapillary changes of the glomerulus in diabetes mellitus.

Kimmelstiel was professor of pathology in Milwaukee 1958-1966, and for the last four years of his life he held the same tenure at the University of Oklahoma.


  • A. Bergstrand, J. Ostman:
    Paul Kimmelstiel and Clifford Wilson. A German and an Englishman who met at Harvard – the first to describe a special glomerular lesion.
    Läkartidningen, Stockholm, 1984, 81: 227-228.
    In the series: Mannen bakom syndromet [The Man Behind the Syndrome].

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