The Margaret Sanger Papers


Kahn, Morris H. (1889-1934)

Russian-born physician. Married Muriel Frumes (1920), two children. Raised and educated in the United States, Kahn entered medicine and interned at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. A heart specialist, he served as chief of the hospital's internal medicine clinic from 1914 to 1917, and as chief of its clinic for heart medicine in 1917. Kahn moved to Beth Israel Hospital in 1920 where he served as a cardiologist until his retirement in 1930. A birth control advocate, Kahn wrote several articles for medical journals on the responsibility of physicians to educate their patients in the best and most effective methods for preventing conception. Kahn was also Margaret Sanger's private physician. After the 1915 death of her daughter, Peggy, Kahn wrote a letter to the prosecution in The Woman Rebel case testifying that Sanger's emotional health would make her unable to stand trial. Kahn was also prepared to testify on behalf of Margaret Sanger's sister, Ethel Byrne, in the 1917 Brownsville Clinic case on the negative medical, social and economic effects of prohibiting birth control, but his testimony was not admitted.