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Biographical entry Hirschfeld, Otto Saddler (1898 - 1957)

24 March 1898
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
29 May 1957
Clayfield, Queensland, Australia
Medical practitioner and university chancellor


Otto Hirschfeld was a medical practitioner and university chancellor. He studied medicine at the University of Melbourne (M.B., B.S., 1923). He was a resident medical officer at the Royal Melbourne Hospital for 18 months. He was a physician to out-patients at Brisbane Hospital from 1925 and to in-patients in 1936 as well as a senior part-time physician in 1938. In 1938 he lectured in clinical medicine at the University of Queensland and then in pharmacology and material medica, metabolism diseases, forensic medicine, and medicine and pathology. He was in charge of the diabetic clinic at Brisbane Hospital (1937-1953), a member (1951) and fellow (1956) of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, serving on its therapeutic advisory committee. Hirschfeld served on the poisons schedule committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council, the State advisory committee on hospital drugs and surgical appliances and also chaired the committee which organised the Brisbane Hospital Pharmacopoeia. Hirschfeld was a senate member of the University of Queensland from 1950, deputy chancellor in 1952 and chancellor from 1953. In 1956, he was awarded an honorary LL.D from the University of Melbourne.

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  • Patrick, Ross, 'Hirschfield, Otto Sadler (1909-1957), Medical Practitioner and University Chancellor', in John Ritchie (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 14, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1996, pp. 456-457. Also available at Details

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