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Eugene M. K. Geiling was born in Orange Free State, South Africa. He received his B.A. in 1911 from the University of South Africa and his M.S. in 1915 and Ph.D. in 1917 from the University of Illinois. In 1923, he received his M.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Geiling was a faculty member in pharmacology at Johns Hopkins from 1921 until 1935, when he joined the faculty of the department of pharmacology at the University of Chicago. Known for his studies of the pituitary gland, he participated with John Jacob Abel in research that led to the crystallization of insulin. At the University of Chicago he developed the first “atomic farm” for the production of radioactively labeled plant drugs such as digitalis and morphine. Geiling was also a medical officer with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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The Eugene M. K. Geiling Collection spans much of his medical career, particularly his work at the University of Chicago during the 1950s. The bulk of the material consists of correspondence with individuals, professional organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and educational institutions. Another series consists of Geiling’s research materials for a biography of John Jacob Abel. The Abel materials include: research notes, transcripts, professional correspondence, excerpts from diaries, biographical and familial information, and reprints. Other materials in the Geiling papers include notes on the history of pharmacy and endocrinology, personal notebooks, and reprints.

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