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Biography

Fred Jenner Hodges
The Michigan Alumnus 236

Michigan Roentgenologist Was Born Into The Profession


FRED JENNER HODGES, 
 Professor of Roentgenology 
and Chairman of that Department, 
 came to the University Medical 
School Faculty in 1931. In Madison, Wisconsin, he had been Lec
turer at the University of Wiscon
sin Medical School, and in private 
practice was Roentgenologist to St.
 Mary's Hospital.

He comes of a
 family of physicians and surgeons 
and following the death of his fa
ther, the late Fred Jenner Hodges, '86-'87, he lived with an uncle who
 operated a private hospital in north
ern Wisconsin. This hospital owned
 and operated one of the first com
mercially manufactured machines 
for the production of X-rays—it
 had been ordered directly from Germany. Born the very winter that 
the great Roentgen announced to the world his discovery of "a new 
type of invisible light," young Fred
 was happy to be used as a subject 
for this type of examination. His 
father and his uncle made a discov
ery in this connection—that the
 youngster's continued complaint of 
shoulder pain had been genuine. 
 
One collar bone broken in a school
 game had quietly healed all by 
itself in a doctor's family!

Dr.
 Hodges received his B.S. at the University of Wisconsin and his M.D.
 at Washington University in St.
 Louis. Early in his career he spe
cialized in cardiology but soon radi
ology had won him almost com
pletely. Only last September, how-
ever, he participated in a sympo
sium on heart disease held at the 
meeting of the American Roentgen 
Ray Society in Atlantic City. Last
 May the Wisconsin Medical School 
invited him to be the speaker at the
 Class Day exercises which corre
spond to Michigan's Medical School
 Convocation. It is an honor that
 "runs in the family." His brother, 
 three years older, Professor of Ro
entgenology at the University of
 Chicago, had been the speaker a few
 years ago. The Department of 
Roentgenology at the University of 
Michigan is an unusually busy one. 
 Nine carefully selected young men 
are always in training on Dr.
 Hodges' staff.