Alfred W. Adson, MD
ALFRED W. ADSON was the founder of the Section of Neurologic Surgery in the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota and professor of Neurologic Surgery in the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine of the University of Minnesota at Rochester.
He was born March 13, 1887, at Terrill, Iowa, the son of Anna B. Adson and Martin Adson. He received the degree of bachelor of science in 1912, that of master of arts in 1918, from the University of Nebraska, and that of Doctor of Medicine in 1914, from the University of Pennsylvania. He entered the Mayo Clinic as a fellow in surgery on July 1, 1914, a year before the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine was established. Dr. W.J. Mayo and Dr. C.H. Mayo asked him to establish a section of neurologic surgery in the Mayo Clinic, and he became a member of the permanent staff January 1, 1917. During World War I, he was First Lieutenant in the Medical Reserve Corps of the U. S. Army. He continued to occupy the post of head of the Section of Neurologic Surgery of the Mayo Clinic, until October 1, 1946, when he became senior consultant in that section.
In addition to being one of the American pioneers in neurologic surgery, he was known for his work on the surgical treatment of cervical rib, glossopharyngeal neuralgia, Raynauds Disease, Hirschsprungs Disease and essential hypertension.
He was Colonel in the Medical Reserve Corps of the U. S. Army, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the Minnesota Society of Neurology and Psychiatry, the Western Surgical Association, the Central Neuropsychiatric Association, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Society of Neurological Surgeons, the American Surgical Association, the Association for Research in Nervous and Mental Disease, Inc., and the International Neurological Association.
In 1948, he received the honorary degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Nebraska and from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.
He was president of the Society of Neurological Surgeons in 1932 and 1933, of the Minnesota State Medical Association in 1937, the Minnesota State Board of Medical Examiners in 1938 and 1943, the Minnesota Neurological Society in 1941, and of the North Central Medical Conference in 1948.
He was married to Miss Lora G. Smith on August 3, 1911. They had three children: William Walter Adson (deceased); Mary Louise Adson (Mrs. William Wellman); and Martin Alfred Adson, head of a section of surgery in the Mayo Clinic.
He died in St. Paul, Minnesota on November 12, 1951.
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