Famous Swiss Physicians

Physicians are the true healers of mankind. They are responsible for good health and well-being of humans and thus are most respected or revered in the society. Medical practitioners or doctor as they are colloquially called, physicians are responsible for all the inventions and discoveries in the field of medicine. Such has been the vast expanse in the field that physicians today are categorized under their various specialities, such as cardiologists, neurologists, surgeons, radiologists, gynaecologists, and so on. Each country has produced some of the world’s most renowned physicians who have relentlessly contributed to the field through their research and findings. Switzerland has been the home of internationally famous physicians such as Felix Plater, who classified the psychiatric disease and also was the first to describe intracranial tumor. Had it not been for Alexandre Yersin, discovery of the bacillus responsible for the bubonic plague or pest wouldn’t have been possible! Not just men, Swiss women too played a quintessential role as physicians. Marie Heim Vogtlin was the first female Swiss physician, and also the co-founder of the first Swiss gynaecological hospital. Barbara Polla, a medical doctor, is a specialist in inner medicine, pneumology and immuno-allergology. Check this segment and find out more about famous Swiss physicians, their life, works and contributions.

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 1 Carl Jung

Carl Jung
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Famous As: Psychiatrist
Birthdate: July 26, 1875
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kesswil, Thurgau, Switzerland
Died: June 6, 1961

Widely regarded as the father of analytical psychology, Carl Jung is one of the most important contributors to symbolization and dream analysis. The concepts of socionics and a popular psychometric instrument called Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) were developed from Jung's theory. Apart from working as a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Carl Jung was also an artist, craftsman, builder, and prolific writer.

 2 Paracelsus

Paracelsus
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Famous As: Physician, Botanist, Astrologer
Birthdate: December 17, 1493
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Einsiedeln, Switzerland
Died: September 24, 1541
German-Swiss physician and alchemist Paracelsus, son of a poor chemist, grew up into a key figure of the German Renaissance. Known as the "father of toxicology," he explored the importance of chemistry in medical science. His interest in chemistry was ignited by his stint at the Bergschule in childhood. 
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 3 Jean Piaget

Jean Piaget
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Birthdate: August 9, 1896
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Died: September 16, 1980
Swiss psychologist and academic Jean Piaget is remembered for his work on child development and genetic epistemology, consisting of his theory of cognitive development. He also established the International Center for Genetic Epistemology and was the director of the International Bureau of Education. He was an honorary Harvard doctorate.

 4 Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
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Famous As: Psychiatrist
Birthdate: July 8, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland
Died: August 24, 2004

Best known for her pathbreaking bestseller On Death and Dying, Swiss-American psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross also made pioneering research in areas such as near-death studies. Her five stages of grief, or the Kübler-Ross model, has been adopted by corporates to help employees deal with loss and change.

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 5 Hermann Rorschach

Hermann Rorschach
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Famous As: Swiss psychiatrist
Birthdate: November 8, 1884
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland
Died: April 1, 1922

Remembered for inventing the inkblot test to uncover the hidden traits of a subject’s personality, known as the Rorschach test, Swiss psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach was born to an art teacher in Zürich and had thus wished to be an artist initially. His Rorschach test was later criticized for its subjectivity.

 6 Eugen Bleuler

Eugen Bleuler
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Famous As: Psychiatrist, Physician, University teacher
Birthdate: April 30, 1857
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Zollikon
Died: July 15, 1939

 7 Bertrand Piccard

Bertrand Piccard
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Famous As: Swiss psychiatrist
Birthdate: March 1, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lausanne
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 8 Conrad Gessner

Conrad Gessner
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: March 26, 1516
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
Died: December 13, 1565

 9 Serge Voronoff

Serge Voronoff
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Famous As: Surgeon, Immunologist, Gynaecologist
Birthdate: July 10, 1866
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Voronezh
Died: September 3, 1951

 10 Theodor Kocher

Theodor Kocher
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Famous As: Surgeon
Birthdate: August 25, 1841
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bern
Died: July 27, 1917

Emil Theodor Kocher was a Swiss medical researcher and physician. In 1909, Kocher became the first surgeon and first Swiss citizen to receive a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He earned the prize for his work in the pathology, physiology, and surgery of the thyroid. He was widely regarded as a leader and pioneer in the field of surgery.

 11 Ludwig Binswanger

Ludwig Binswanger
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Famous As: Swiss psychiatrist
Birthdate: April 13, 1881
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kreuzlingen
Died: February 5, 1966

 12 Adolf Meyer

Adolf Meyer
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Famous As: Psychiatrist
Birthdate: September 13, 1866
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Niederweningen, Switzerland
Died: March 17, 1950

 13 Walter Rudolf Hess

Walter Rudolf Hess
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Famous As: Physiologist
Birthdate: March 17, 1881
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Frauenfeld
Died: August 12, 1973

Walter Rudolf Hess was a Swiss physiologist whose research on the diencephalon earned him the 1949 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. His research helped him to map the parts of the brain that control the internal organs. In 1930, he helped found the International Foundation for the High Alpine Research Station Jungfraujoch and served as its director till 1937.

 14 Rolf M. Zinkernagel

Rolf M. Zinkernagel
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Famous As: Immunologist
Birthdate: January 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Riehen, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland

Rolf M. Zinkernagel is a Swiss professor who teaches Experimental Immunology. In 1996, he was honored with the prestigious Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work pertaining to the immune system. In 1999, his scientific work also earned him Australia's highest civilian honor, the Companion of the Order of Australia.  

 15 Gaspard Bauhin

Gaspard Bauhin
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Famous As: Botanist
Birthdate: January 17, 1560
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
Died: December 5, 1624

 16 Paul Tournier

Paul Tournier
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: May 12, 1898
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Geneva
Died: October 7, 1986

 17 Thomas Erastus

Thomas Erastus
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: September 7, 1524
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Aargau, Switzerland
Died: December 31, 1583

 18 Auguste Forel

Auguste Forel
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Famous As: Psychiatrist
Birthdate: September 1, 1848
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Morges, Switzerland
Died: July 27, 1931

 19 Marcel Junod

Marcel Junod
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: May 14, 1904
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Died: June 16, 1961

 20 Édouard Claparède

Édouard Claparède
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Famous As: Neurologist
Birthdate: March 24, 1873
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: September 29, 1940

 21 Joachim Vadianus

Joachim Vadianus
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Famous As: Humanist
Birthdate: November 29, 1484
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: St. Gallen, Switzerland
Died: April 6, 1551

 22 Hans Martin Sutermeister

Hans Martin Sutermeister
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Famous As: physician
Birthdate: September 29, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Feuerthalen
Died: May 4, 1977

 23 Eduard Einstein

Eduard Einstein
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Famous As: Psychiatrist
Birthdate: July 28, 1910
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Zürich
Died: October 25, 1965