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Walter L. Winkenwerder was born in Greenville, Wisconsin. He received his B.S. in 1923 from Beloit College and his M.D. in 1927 from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Winkenwerder was an instructor in anatomy at the Johns Hopkins University for two years before completing his internship and residency in internal medicine at the hospital. He joined the faculty of the school of medicine in 1930 and was made an associate professor emeritus in 1965. He served on the staff of the Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1933 until 1965, and from 1957 until 1965 he was the physician in charge of the Johns Hopkins Allergy and Infectious Disease Clinic. During World War II, Winkenwerder served in the U.S. Army with the Johns Hopkins-affiliated 118th Unit General Hospital in Australia, the Philippines, and New Guinea. For more than a year, he served as the unit’s chief of medicine. Winkenwerder authored nearly 50 professional papers and was president of the American Academy of Allergy.

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The Walter L. Winkenwerder Collection spans his years at Johns Hopkins as a student, physician, instructor, and army officer. It consists of photographic prints, negatives, and film. The bulk of the material documents the 118th medical unit in Australia from May 1942 to September 1944. Images include group portraits (surgical staffs, nurses, commanding officers) as well as images of facilities (hospitals, hotels, tents, and bamboo huts) and base activities, both work and leisure. The collection also includes personal photographs (1920-1952) of Winkenwerder and his family, and a small number of negatives from his years at Beloit College. There is a complete listing of all images in the collection.

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