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HAMANN, CARL AUGUST

HAMANN, CARL AUGUST (26 Jan. 1865-12 Jan. 1930), dean of Western Reserve University Medical School (1912-19) and visiting surgeon at Charity and City hospitals (1896-1930), was born in Davenport, Iowa, to Claus H. and Marie Koenig Hamann. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School with a M.D. in 1890. Hamann was a resident physician at Lankenau Hospital in Philadelphia (1890-91) and assistant demonstrator of anatomy at the University of Pennsylvania (1891-93) before coming to Cleveland in 1893 as professor of anatomy at WRU Medical School, additionally establishing a private practice. In 1912, he was appointed dean and professor of applied anatomy and clinical surgery, and is credited with helping build the school into one of the world's finest medical centers. As founder of the Hamann Museum of Comparative Anthropology at the medical school, he devoted much time to preparing, recording, and mounting materials he gathered for his anatomical teaching museum. Hamann was reputed to have done more charity practice than any other physician in the city. He performed over 10,000 operations, and even in his later years would perform up to 20 a day. For many years he shared the administrative burden for the department of surgery at Charity Hospital with Dr. FRANK BUNTS. With Bunts's death in 1928, Hamann shouldered the entire burden until he was struck with heart disease shortly before his own death. Hamann married Ella F. Ampt in 1900 and had 2 children, Carl A. and Elizabeth Marie.