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August Gottlieb Richter

Born 1742
Died 1812

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German surgeon, born April 13, 1742, Zoerbig, Sachsen; died July 23, 1812, Göttingen.

Biography of August Gottlieb Richter

August Gottlieb Richter
Richter from 1760 studied at Göttingen, receiving his doctorate there in 1764. he the made a scientific journey, mainly to Strasbourg, Paris, London, Oxford, Leyden, Amsterdam, and Groningen. In 1766 he became extraordinary professor of medicine in Groningen, in 1771 ordinarius, 1789 Leidmedicus, 1766 Hofrath. In 1786 he made a half year journey to Switzerland and France.

Richer was an active lecturer, both in special tehepeutics, surgery, and ophthalmology, heading clinical education in the hospital.

Richter’s work concerns almost every field of medicine, but his main contributions were in surgery and ophthalmology. He was a major reformer of ophthalmology. Under him Göttingen experienced a Blüthezeit”. In surgery he worked against the “operation mania” prevalent in some medical circles.

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