Dr. Anton Sohn

Dr. Anton Sohn is founder of the History of Medicine Program at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and was chair of pathology at the School from 1985 until his retirement in 2009.

Hantavirus has been documented for more than 1,000 years, but it made only a few appearances in western countries after being identified in the 1950s in American soldiers serving in Korea.  However, it became more widely known in late 20th and early 21st century North America, with more than 700 Americans diagnosed with the disease by 2009.  The first patients in Nevada were diagnosed and treated in the 1990s by Dr. T. Brian Callister.  He and researcher Dr. Stephen St. Jeor of the University of Nevada School of Medicine were instrumental in advancing understanding of hantavirus and development of the most effective lifesaving treatments.  Read more in “Nevada Public Health: Hantavirus with Drs. Stephen St. Jeor and T. Brian Callister’s Contributions” by Chelsea Isom, University of Nevada School of Medicine medical student.  The article was published in the Nevada History of Medicine Foundation website, founded by Dr. Anton Sohn.  The Foundation’s mission is to preserve, teach, research and promote the history of medicine and health science in Nevada.