The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 61, July 1957 - April, 1958 Page: 465
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George P. Hachenberg, an American Leonardo da Vinci 465
with water coming through pipes from the mountains. When a
break occurred so that the supply pipe was empty, Hachenberg
was led to apply his ear to the outlet and heard strange noises
which he was able to identify as the conversation of the workmen
repairing the pipe over a mile away."
At New York University he attended the medical course which
at that time consisted of a series of lectures. He also attended
Professor Aylet's New York Medical Institute. As a thesis for
graduation from New York University in I851, Hachenberg
chose the subject, "Music as a Therapeutic Agent."' Unfortu-
nately the thesis is not available, but the subject of the study was
almost one hundred years ahead of its time.
The newly styled doctor moved to Springfield, Ohio, to prac-
tice. Here one finds a clear description of Hachenberg by Dr.
Isaac Kay, who addressed the Clark County Medical Society in
1900 on the subject, "The Early Doctors Who Practiced in
Springfield, Ohio, in 1853." Dr. Kay said:
When I first came to Springfield, Dr. Bruce was in partnership
with Dr. George P. Hachenberg, a Pennsylvania German of unusual
intelligence but somewhat eccentric in his mode of thought and
habit. He was a passable German and English scholar, omnivorous
reader, clear student, and indefatigable writer, mostly for medical
journals.-He was a good anatomist. His certain knowledge of the
tissues under the knife gave a steady hand and full assurance of
Hachenberg's medical writings during his Ohio period reveal
his concern for basic principles; among these were, "On the Re-
lation of Atmospheric Air to the Human Body" and "On the
Acidity and Alkalinity of Some Human Fluids in Health and
Disease." His interest in matters electrical was shown in his paper,
"To Improve the Atlantic Telegraph Cable."9
In 1859 he moved to Coxsackie, New York, where reports ap-
peared of his "Club Foot Operation."" He also contributed an
,Electrical Review, October 18, 1883, p. 7.
7George P. Hachenberg, A Chronological List of the Main Features of the Inven-
tions, Public Lectures, Surgical Operations, Scientific Papers, Military Service,
Correspondence, Etc. (Austin, [n. d.]).
sTexas Medical News, October, 1900oo, pp. 731-732.
OHachenberg, A Chronological List of the Main Features of the Inventions.
10Texas Medical News, October, 1900, pp. 731-732.
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