Justine Johnstone

For the film and television actress, see Justine Johnston.
Not to be confused with Julanne Johnston.
Justine Johnstone
Born (1895-01-31)January 31, 1895
Englewood, New Jersey
Died September 3, 1982(1982-09-03) (aged 87)
Santa Monica, California
Occupation Stage, film actress, pathologist, scientist
Spouse(s) Walter Wanger (1919-1938; divorced)

Justine Johnstone (January 31, 1895 September 4, 1982) was an American stage and silent screen actress. She was later a pathologist and expert on syphilis. Working under her married name, Justine Wanger, she was part of the team that developed the modern intravenous drip technique.[1]

Acting career

She attended Emma Willard School in Troy, New York. An original performer in the Ziegfeld Follies and a performer in the Folies-Bergere, she appeared in the 1917 Broadway production Over the Top, which starred Fred Astaire.[1]

Medical career

Johnstone married producer Walter Wanger on 13 September 1919; they divorced in 1938.[2] She retained her married name and had borne Wanger no children. Walter Wanger later married the much younger actress Joan Bennett with whom he had a child.

After giving up performing, Wanger enrolled in Columbia University, where she studied plant research and served as a research assistant to Samuel Hirshberg and Harold T. Hyman. The team developed the modern I.V. unit; their key breakthrough was to slow down the rate of delivery and avoid what was then known as "speed shock" by introducing the now-ubiquitous drip technique.[1][3] She later studied and made developments in endocrinology and cancer research and installed a laboratory in her house in Hollywood.[1]


Justine Wanger died in Santa Monica, California from congestive heart failure, aged 87. Her remains are at Chapel of the Pines Crematory.



  1. 1 2 3 4 Autumn Stanley, Mothers and Daughters of Invention; Note for a Revised History of Technology, Rutgers University Press, 1995
  2. "Milestones, Apr. 25, 1938". Time Magazine. April 25, 1938.
  3. Hirshfeld, Samuel, M.D.; Hyman, Harold T., M.D.; Wanger, Justine (1931). "Influence of Velocity on the Response to Intravenous Injections". Archives of Internal Medicine. 47 (2): 218–228. doi:10.1001/archinte.1931.00140200095007.
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