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Joseph Carl Beck

Born: June 25, 1870 in Dobris, Pribram District, Central Bohemian Region, Czech Republic
Died: October 20, 1942, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois

Connection to Illinois: Beck moved to Chicago when he was 20 years old and lived there the rest of his life. He was Associate Professor of Oto-Laryngology at the University of Illinois, Attending Oto-laryngologist at North Chicago Hospital and Cook County Hospital.

Biography: Joseph C. Beck (1870-1942) Born in 1870 in the small town of Dobris, about 25 miles from Prague, in what was then Austrian Bohemia to Ignatz Beck and Elizabeth Pollack. His parents died when he was very young and he came to the United States to live with his aunt in Holden Missouri. Moved to Chicago at the age of 20 to work for his oldest brother Carl who had opened a successful medical practice. Inspired by Carl, Joe decided to also become a doctor. He graduated with honors from the Chicago College of Physicians and Surgeons, which later became the medical department of the University of Illinois. Among his many medical accomplishments, he opened a hospital with his brothers, invented a tool to remove tonsils which was universally used for many years, was one of the first surgeons to perform facial reconstruction (now known as plastic surgery) and was a founding member of many associations including the American Broncho-Esophagological Association which he presided over in 1936.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Applied Pathology in Diseases of the Nose, Throat, and Ear
ISBN: 1258823845 OCLC:

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Fifty years in medicine

McDonough & company 1940

Present status of plastic surgery about the ear, face and neck 1920


Treatment of diseases of the salivary apparatu / by Joseph C. Beck. 1911