Died At Age: 64
Sun Sign: Taurus
Also Known As: Christian Albert Theodor Billroth
Born Country: Prussia
Born in: Bergen auf Rügen
Famous as: Surgeon
father: Carl Theodor Billroth
mother: Johanna Christina
place of death: Opatija
education: Georg-August University of Göttingen, Humboldt University of Berlin, Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald
Christian Albert Theodor Billroth is remembered as one of the most innovative medical surgeons and educators of 19th century. He was a leading patron of Viennese musical scene and contributed to both surgical and musical field. Billroth is regarded as the father of modern abdominal surgery and was the first person to attempt to do a scientific analysis of music. He completed his doctorate studies in medicine and became a successful surgeon. Being a passionate learner, Billroth visited many medical universities as part of his educational tour. His amazing presence of mind and cool temper made him one of the most distinguished surgeons of his time. He penned many papers and books in medicine and also served in a military hospital during Franco-German War. He is remembered for his important role in establishing the first modern school of thought in surgery. Learn more about the life of this skillful physician from this biography.
Billroth had an amazing ability to carry out or even invent new procedures and this gained him the appellation of “surgeon of great initiatives”. He worked as a doctor at Charite in Berlin, from 1853-1860, where he was working under Carl Langenbuch as apprentice. He served as professor at the University of Zurich from 1860 to 1867 and also served as the director of the surgical hospital in Zurich. Because of his interest in military surgery, he volunteered to work in Mannheim and Weissenburg hospitals during the Franco-German War. He put in great efforts in improving the transportation facilities and treatment for the wounded people in war and gave his famous speech on War Budget in 1891, emphasizing the need of effective ambulance system. In 1867, he was appointed by the University of Vienna as a professor of Surgery. He also practiced surgery at the second surgical clinic at the Vienna General Hospital. He penned many papers and books in medical domain and his book, “Die llgemeine chirurgische Pathologie und Therapie”, (General Surgical Pathology and Therapy) published in 1863 was translated into many languages. He was the first person to do esophagectomy (1871), laryngectomy (1873) and gastrectomy (1881). He achieved this after many ill-fated attempts and it is said that his first gastrectomy surgery was such a failure that the patient died post procedure and Billroth was almost stoned to death in the streets of Vienna. By 1881, Billroth successfully did an excision of a cancerous pylorus (the lower end of the stomach) which became a great sensation. This initiated the modern era of surgery in the field of allopathic medicine. Modified versions of his surgical removal methods remained in use for many years. He was specialized in plastic surgery as well, especially of the face.
- Doctor at Charite in Berlin
- Director of a surgical hospital in Zurich
- Professor of Surgery, University of Zürich
- Professor of Surgery, University of Vienna
THEODOR BILLROTH TIMELINE
Billroth was born on 26th April in the kingdom of Prussia.
Billroth completed his doctorate studies from University of Berlin. He started an educational tour and visited many medical schools in Prague, Vienna, London, Paris and Edinburgh
Billroth worked as a doctor at Charite in Berlin till 1860.
He became Professor at the University of Zurich and remained in this post till 1867.
Billroth’s book “Die llgemeine chirurgische Pathologie und Therapie” (General Surgical Pathology and Therapy) got published and was translated into many languages.
Billroth successfully did his first esophagectomy.
Billroth successfully did his first laryngectomy.
Billroth successfully did his first gastrectomy. In the same year Billroth successfully did an excision of a cancerous pylorus (the lower end of the stomach). This initiated the modern era of surgery in the field of allopathic medicine.
Billroth gave his famous speech on War Budget in 1891 emphasizing the need of effective ambulance system.
Billroth died on 6th February in Abbazia, Austria-Hungary.
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