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John Zahorsky

Born  1871
Died  1963

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American paediatrician, born October 13, 1871, Mereny, Austria-Hungary, now in Slovakia; died 1963, St. Louis, Missouri.

Biography of John Zahorsky

John Zahorsky was the son of John Zahorsky and Amalia Zahorsky, née Gura, Hungarian immigrants who moved to Steelville, Missouri, when he was seven year old. The name Zahorsky has been traced to the Polish word, Zagorza, which signifies "from the hills." Zahorsky means, therefore, the family from the hills.

To pay for his way through Missouri Medical College (since absorbed by Washington University), he worked as a pharmacist, file clerk and ladies' wear salesman.

On June 27, 1900, John Zahorsky married Carrie Elizabeth Silverwood (1876-1947) in St. Louis, Missouri. They had a daughter and a son.

John Zahorsky was Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Department of Pediatries, St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis. After more than 40 years as a specialist in paediatrics and practicing in big St. Louis hospitals, Zahorsky went back to his old home town, Steelville, Missouri, to practice as a country doctor.

He was buried in Steelville Cemetery, Crawford County, Missouri.

    "When the young child is sick, it is happiest and shows the strongest resistance when under parental care and in its home.


  • The Baby Incubators on the "Pike".
    Part 1, December, 1904. A Study of the Care of Premature Infants in Incubator Hospitals Erected for Show Purposes.
    St. Louis Courier of Medicine, December 1904, 31 (6):345-358.
    Part 2. St. Louis Courier of Medicine, January 1905, 32 (1): 1-13,
    Part 3. St. Louis Courier of Medicine, February 1905, 32 (2): 65-80,
    Part 4. St. Louis Courier of Medicine, March 1905, 32(3): 52-166,
    Part 5. St. Louis Courier of Medicine, April 1905, 32(4): 203-219,
    Part 6. St. Louis Courier of Medicine, May 1905, 32 (5): 265-275,
    Part 7. St. Louis Courier of Medicine, June 1905, 32 (6): 334-343,
    Part 8. St. Louis Courier of Medicine, July 1905, 33 (1): 1-9,
    Part 9. St. Louis Courier of Medicine, August 1905, 33 (2): 65-71,
    Part10. St. Louis Courier of Medicine, September 1905, 33 (3): 137-143,
    Part 11. St. Louis Courier of Medicine, October 1905, 33 (4): 211-218,
  • Golden rules of pediatrics : aphorisms, observations and precepts on the science and art of pediatrics, giving practical rules for diagnosis and prognosis, the essentials of infant feeding, and the principles of scientific treatment.
    With an introduction by E. W. Saunders. St. Louis, Mosby, 1906.
  • Herpetic sore throat.
    Southern Medical Journal, Birmingham, Nashville, 1920, 13: 871-872.
    First description of herpangina, an acute infection associated with Coxsackie virus.
  • Synopsis of pediatrics.
    With Theodore Saunders Zahorsky (1901-1988). Mosby, 1934.
  • Pediatric nursing. With Beryl E. Hamilton. St.Louis, Mosby, 1936.
  • The Infant and Child in Health and Disease : with special reference to nursing care.
    With Elizabeth Noyes. S. Louis, C.V. Mosby Company, 1939.
  • From the hills : an autobiography of a pediatrician. St. Louis, Mosby, 1949. Biographical:
  • Time Magazine, September 4, 1950.
  • Bernadine Courtright Barr:
    Entertaining and Instructing the Public: John Zahorsky's 1904 Incubator Institute.
    Social History of Medicine (Great Britain), 1995, 8: 1 (1995): 17-36.

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