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Birth: Oct. 24, 1908
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Death: Nov. 22, 1998
Dane County
Wisconsin, USA

Gustav Anders Hemwall (1908-1998) was a physician at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park, Illinois and he was a pioneer in prolotherapy. (b. October 24, 1908, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA - d. November 22, 1998, St. Mary's Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin, USA) Social Security Number 337383614.

Son of Anders Hemwall I (1887-1956) and Sigrid S. Larsson (1877-1957).

His siblings include: Anders Hemwall II (1904) who died as an infant; Ruth Elizabeth Hemwall (1905-1993) who married Charles Peter Tiedje I (1912-1980); and Helen Edith Hemwall (1913-1997) who never married.

Gustav married Helen M. Moore in 1933.

Chicago Tribune on November 25, 1998: "Dr. Gustav Hemwall, Medical Humanitarian November 25, 1998. By Anthony Burke Boylan, Tribune Staff Writer. Gustav Hemwall's father, an immigrant tailor from Sweden, never could understand his son's desire to give up a steady job on the assembly line at Western Electric. But Gustav wanted to help people. So he became a doctor who eventually helped oversee West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park, treated thousands of patients and traveled to five continents as a missionary and provider of humanitarian aide, receiving awards from the governments of Liberia, Korea and Honduras. Dr. Hemwall, 90, died Sunday of a stroke in St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, Wis., where he had been attending a medical conference. 'This man was pure gold,' said Paul Jordan, an orthopedic surgeon who worked with Dr. Hemwall. 'He lived a very sacrificial life. He took just superb care of people and he took care of the total person, their body, their mind and their soul.' Dr. Hemwall went to Crane Junior College and Loyola Medical College, from which he graduated in 1935. Afterward, Dr. Hemwall started doing medical charity work. He helped found MAP International, an organization that now donates more than $90 million in medicine and medical supplies around the world each year. Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop was one of the original directors of MAP and a friend of Dr. Hemwall's. 'I have never known a person who did so much good for so many people as that guy did," said Harold MacKenzie, a patient and friend for more than five decades. "He was very quiet and unassuming, but very successful in his practice.' Dr. Hemwall made more then 25 trips to Honduras, one in the spring of 1997 when he was 89, to perform immunizations, surgery, dental care and other services at temporary medical clinics. He believed other health professionals would donate their time if they had a network through which to do so, and he helped to found the Medical Group Missions. He also established the Chicago Medical Mission Office to provide health care to missionaries on furlough in the United States; served on the board of Compassion International, an organization that operates orphanages and provides care for children in 21 countries; donated land for the Honey Rock Camp in Three Lakes, Wis., a training center for college students interested in outdoor education; and was a trustee for the Institute for Basic Life Principles in Oak Brook, a youth ministry. 'He loved the medical field and he loved people," said his wife of 65 years, Helen. 'Put those two things together and it just worked.' Dr. Hemwall was board certified by the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Family Practice. He pioneered a treatment called prolotherapy for chronic back pain and eventually founded the Prolotherapy Association. Prolotherapy is a treatment for ligament and tendon damage. In addition to his wife, Dr. Hemwall is survived by four daughters, Judith Swanson, Carol Vander Ploeg, Laura Watson and Martha Hemwall; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Private services were held. Plans for a memorial service are pending. "

Funeral notice:
Forest Leaves; December 9, 1998: "A memorial service for physician Gustav Anders Hemwall will be held at 1 p.m. January 9 in Calvary Church, 931 Lake St., Oak Park. ... He was born Oct. 24, 1908 in Chicago, to his Swedish immigrant parents, the late Anders and Sigrid, nee Larsson, Hemwall. He married Helen M. Moore on July ..."

The following is from the Prolotherapy website: "In 1955, at an American Medical Association meeting, Dr. Gustav Hemwall was astonished to see so many doctors at one particular exhibit. The presenter was talking about a very successful treatment for chronic low back pain. Nothing was worse at the time for Dr. Hemwall than having a chronic low back pain patient come to him, because the treatments he was able to offer were not very successful. The doctor doing the presentation was George S. Hackett, M.D., and he was discussing the technique of Prolotherapy. Once the crowd diminished, Dr. Hemwall asked Dr. Hackett how he could learn the treatment described in his book, Ligament and Tendon Relaxation Treated by Prolotherapy. Dr. Hemwall went to Dr. Hackett's office in Canton, Ohio, to learn the technique. Dr. Hemwall became so proficient at administering the technique that Dr. Hackett would later refer patients to him. Prolotherapy owes a great debt to Dr. Hemwall. Between 1955 until his retirement in 1996, he was the main instructor and proponent of Prolotherapy in the United States. He was not a researcher but a clinician, and perhaps the world's greatest Prolotherapist. He treated more than 10,000 patients world wide and collected data on 8,000 of these patients. In 1974, Dr. Hemwall presented his largest survey of 2,007 Prolotherapy patients to the Prolotherapy Association. The survey related the following: 1,871 patients completed treatment; 6,000 treatments were administered; 1,399 (75.5 percent) patients reported recovery and cure413 (24.3 percent) reported general improvement; 25 (0.2 percent) patients showed no improvements; 170 patients were lost to follow up. More than 99 percent of the patients who completed treatment with Prolotherapy found relief from their chronic pain. These results are similar to those published by Dr. Hackett, showing that Prolotherapy is completely curative in many cases (75 to 90 percent) and provides some pain relief in nearly all patients treated. At the age of 87, in June of 1996, Gustav A. Hemwall M.D. electively retired from the practice of medicine and turned over the helm of his private practice to Dr. Ross Hauser. He had been on the medical staff of West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park, Illinois for 60 years." Gustav was the author of "Ligament and Tendon Relaxation Treated By Prolotherapy" and "Neuropathic Pain: A New Theory for Chronic Pain of Intrinsic Origin, Annals RCPSC, 1989."

Researched and written by Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) for Findagrave starting on May 8, 2004. Updated with the Chicago Tribune obituary on July 2, 2010.

Family links: 
  Anders Hemwall (1877 - 1956)
  Sigrid Sofia Lawson Hemwall (1877 - 1957)
  Helen M. Hemwall (1912 - 2012)*
  Gustav Anders Hemwall (1908 - 1998)
  Helen Edith Hemwall (1913 - 1997)*
*Calculated relationship
Woodlawn Cemetery
Forest Park
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Acacia 2
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Record added: May 08, 2004
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