A Narrative History
The People of Iowa
SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN
EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY,
EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M.
Curator of the
Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa
THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc.
Chicago and New York
CHRISTIAN B. LUGINBUHL. One of the most prominent members of the medical
fraternity in Des Moines, Dr. Christian B. Luginbuhl is a recognized leader as
a specialist in the practice of internal medicine. Doctor Luginbuhl was born
in Allen County, Ohio, in 1883, a son of Benjamin M. and Magadalena C.
(Steiner) Luginbuhl, he born in Switzerland and she born in Ohio. The father died
in 1922, but the mother is still living, residing on a farm in Allen County,
Ohio, that he owned and operated. Of the ten children born to them nine are
still living, and Doctor Luginbuhl is the sixth in order of birth. The
parents were Mennonites in religious belief, and the father was a Democrat in
Doctor Luginbuhl was educated in the University of Chicago, from which he
was graduated in 1912, with the degree of Bachelor of Science. His medical
training was taken in Rush Medical College, from which he was graduated in 1914,
with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. Following graduation he interned in
the Presbyterian Hospital, Chicago, and he had the privilege of six months'
of work under Dr. J. B. Murphy. Doctor Luginbuhl was then attached to the
American Embassy, and for six months served as inspector general of prison
camps, after which for three months he did post work in Chicago. At the close of
that period of service he entered upon the practice of medicine at Des Moines
with Doctor Fay, in August, 1917, and has built up a large connection in his
chosen specialty. He belongs to the Polk County Medical Society, the Iowa
State Medical Society, the American Medical Association, the International
Post-Graduate Assembly of North America, the Des Moines Academy of Medicine, the
Medical Library Club and the Des Moines Club, and he is on the staff of the
Doctor Luginbuhl is an authority on internal medicine, and has written
several treatises on the subject - The Neglected Toxic Goiter, which he presented
before the Seventy-seventh Annual Session, Iowa State Medical Society, Cedar
Rapids, Iowa, in 1928 - Late Cardiac Manifestations of Toxic Goiter, read at
the annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Goiter,
Dayton, Ohio, 1919. He is also the author of a pamphlet entitled Differential
Diagnosis in Upper Abdominal Pain, which was presented before the Upper Des
Moines Medical Society, in 1928.
Doctor Luginbuld was married in 1917 to Giula A. Hossfeld, a daughter of
Frederick W. Hossfeld, formerly private secretary to Governor Larabee, but later
consul to Austria, with headquarters at Trieste. Mrs. Luginbuhl is finely
educated and speaks four languages. Doctor and Mrs. Luginbuhl have two
children: Christian B., Junior, and William Hossfeld.
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