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Dr. Werner Henle, Noted Virologist

July 6, 1987

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Noted virologist Dr. Werner Henle, who with his wife discovered the first virus associated with human cancer, died from cancer Monday at Bryn Mawr Hospital, according to a hospital spokesman. He was 77 years old.

In the late 1960′s, Henle and his wife, Dr. Gertrude Henle, established a relationship between infectious mononucleosis and Burkitt’s lymphoma, a cancer common in Africa.

The Henles also are credited with a 1943 study which showed the effectiveness of inoculation against influenza. They developed a test for the early diagnosis of mumps and a vaccine against the childhood communicable disease.

The couple cooperated with the late Dr. Joseph Stokes Jr. in a study which showed the effectiveness of gamma globulin against infectious hepatitis.

Henle was emeritus director of the Virus Diagnostic Laboratory of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He and his wife, who survives, were associated with the hospital and the University of Pennsylvania for more than 40 years.

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