Charles Brenton Huggins

Huggins, Charles Brenton, 1901–97, American surgeon and urologist, b., Halifax, N.S., M.D. Harvard Univ., 1924. He was a professor at Arcadia Univ. at the time of his retirement in 1979 but spent the bulk of his career on the faculty at the Univ. of Chicago (1927–72). Huggins, who shared the 1966 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine with Peyton Rous, was cited for his discoveries concerning hormonal treatment of prostate cancer. Huggins was the first to connect cancer of the prostate with the presence of the male hormone androgen; this observation led to the use of female hormones to treat prostate cancer and of male hormones to treat cancers of the female reproductive system.

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