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The Hands of Hans Were Crucial
Hans Kraus, who died in New York last week at 90, was the father of spoils medicine. Special contributor Robert H. Boyle, who wrote about Kraus for SI, recalls an extraordinary man:
Kraus's involvement in sports medicine came naturally. In addition to being a doctor, he was a fencer, an amateur boxer, a member of the Ski Hall of Fame and a mountaineer of international renown with first ascents from the Dolomites to the Tetons. Born in Trieste, Kraus was raised in Zurich, where he was tutored in English by James Joyce. "He dint do a goot chob, dit he?" Kraus liked to say.
Kraus had always wanted to be a physician, but at 16, while trying in vain to save a climbing companion from a fatal fall, he sustained a severe rope burn that took much of the skin from his palms. Told he could never use his hands again, Kraus embarked on his own rehabilitation, soaking his palms in warm water several times a day while struggling to move his fingers. The scars remained all his life, but after weeks of self-treatment he had regained the use of his hands.
As a young surgeon at the University of Vienna Hospital, Kraus discovered clinical evidence of the benefits of exercise in healing fractures. Patients who performed the exercises he prescribed recovered faster than those who didn't exercise, even when the exercising group had fractures that were more severe. I met Kraus in 1955, after he had given a report at the White House showing that American youngsters were not as fit as their European counterparts. The report prompted Dwight Eisenhower to establish what is now the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Later Kraus returned to the White House to treat the back pain of his most famous patient, John F. Kennedy. Others who benefited from Kraus's treatments included St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Bill White, who needed help with a bad back, and skier Billy Kidd, who attributed his gold medal at the 1970 world championships to Kraus's care of his back and ankle ailments.
Maidi Kraus, Hans's wife of 38 years, says her husband wanted no memorial service. In a sense he has no need of one: His legacy lives on throughout the world of sports.
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