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                                    FERNAND HENROTIN, M. D.
                                    Cook County, Illinois


Information contributed for use in Cook County ILGenWeb by
        Sherri Hessick, added May 2001.


Source: Album of Genealogy and Biography, Cook County,
Illinois with Portraits 3rd ed. revised and extended
(Chicago: Calumet Book & Engraving Co., 1895), pp. 45-46

FERNAND HENROTIN, M. D., one of the most eminent physicians
of Chicago, and one who in the line of his profession may be
said to have achieved a national reputation, was born in
Brussels, the gay little capital of Belgium, a city which in
its arts, its sciences, its civic pride and social life has
been likened to Paris on a small scale.  His parents were
Joseph F. and Adele (Kinsoen) Henrotin, both of whom were
also natives of Belgium.  The father (for sketch of whom see
other pages in this volume) achieved distinction in his
native land and in Chicago in the same profession in which
his son, the subject of this sketch, is bearing such
honorable renown.  Not content with the limited
possibilities of the Old Country, he emigrated to the United
States, the year of his son Fernand’s birth (1848)
witnessing the arrival of himself and family in this

Fernand Henrotin, who is to all intents and purposes a
native Chicagoan, was reared in this city, receiving his
earlier education in its public and high schools.  Having a
decided taste for the study of medicine, inherited probably,
as his paternal grandfather had also been a physician, on
the completion of his high-school course he entered Rush
Medical College, then as now one of the foremost
institutions of its kind in the Northwest.  Here he pursued
a thorough course of study, and in February, 1869, being
then only twenty-one years of age, was duly graduated.  At
once after leaving college he established himself in
practice, and entered upon a career which has brought him
both fame and fortune.  With the prestige of his father’s
honorable name, combined with his own skill, energy and
conscientiousness, it was not long before he came into
prominence, and in 1872-73 he held the responsible office of
County Physician, the first of a series of public and
professional positions he has held and filled with most
eminent success.

In no other profession or business does the individuality of
a man appear to play so important a part as in the medical
profession.  Endowed with a natural liking for the work he
has chosen; of a singularly brilliant and receptive mind;
gifted with the faculty of being able to reject the false
and accept the true; conservative enough to cling to the
proven beneficial; and progressive enough to stand alone, if
need be, as the champion of any reform, it is not strange
that in a city like Chicago, with its keen appreciation of
men of genius, Dr. Henrotin has found his level and stands
pre-eminent in his profession.

While never relinquishing his large private practice, he has
yet found time to fill many outside positions of trust and
responsibility, and was for some twelve years on the staff
of attending physicians at the Cook County Hospital, for
eight years was surgeon of the Alexian Brothers’ Hospital,
was surgeon of the Chicago Police Department for twelve
years, and for the past seventeen years has been surgeon of
the Chicago Fire Department.  He is now Professor of
Diseases of Women in the Chicago Polyclinic, is a member of
the Chicago Medical Society, President of the Chicago
Gynecological Society, Vice-President of the American
Gynecological Society, Consulting Gynecologist to St. Joseph
’s Hospital, Corresponding Member of the Philadelphia and
Belgian Gynecological Societies, and Secretary-General for
America of the International Congress of Obstetrics and
Gynecology.  He has also written a number of monographs on
intestinal and uterine surgery, which have been widely read
and are considered a boon by the members of the profession.
In his social life Dr. Henrotin is considered an all-round
“good fellow,” and could he spare time from his many and
arduous duties would be in constant social demand.  Added to
an unusually fine physique are many engaging qualities of
head and heart.  Exceedingly well-read, with an extended
knowledge of all subjects of practical interest, not alone
as regards his profession, but in the wider range of arts
and sciences and in social and political economy;
conscientious, warm-hearted, generous, a consistent believer
in the Divine injunction to do unto others as you would have
them do unto you, he is a man whose friendship is considered
an honor by those who are fortunate enough to possess it.
For some years he has been a member of the Union Club,
though in his busy life he finds little time to spare for
its pleasures and recreations.  In politics he is a
Democrat, but is not bound by hard-and-fast party lines,
voting for men whom he thinks are conscientious enough to
support correct principles.

In the spring of 1873 the Doctor married Miss Emily
Prussing, a daughter of Charles G. Prussing, a well-known
pioneer of Chicago.  Mrs. Henrotin is a woman of many
accomplishments and graces of character, and has been a help
and inspiration to her husband in a thousand and one ways.
Of an artistic temperament, she has distinguished herself
especially as an amateur painter, and her home is famous for
its beautiful surroundings, as well as for the genial
hospitality which abounds within its walls.

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