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Alexander Bittorf

Born  1876
Died  1949

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German internist, born April 29, 1876, Leipzig-Raudnitz; died 1940.

Biography of Alexander Bittorf

Alexander Bittorf studied in Leipzig and received his doctorate in that city in 1902. He subsequently worked as assistant at the Siechenhaus, a hospital for the incurably ill, in Dresden, at the Leipziger Medizinische Poliklinik and at the Medizinische Klinik in Breslau. A chest physician, he was habilitated for internal medicine in 1907, in 1918 became extraordinary and in 1921 full professor at the University of Breslau. His works concern the lungs, arteriosclerosis of the heart, diseases of the stomach, intestine and liver, internal secretion and nervous diseases. He contributed to several textbooks published by other authors.

Alexander Bittorf and Erich Kusnitzky (1883-1960) in 1915 drew attention to the pulmonary manifestation of sarcoidosis. See Boeck’s sarcoid (benign lymphogranulomatosis), under Cæsar Peter Møller Boeck, Norwegian dermatologist, 1845-1917.


  • Boecksches Sarkoid mit Beteiligung innerer Organe.
    With Erich Kuznitsky (born 1883).
    Münchener medizinische Wochenschrift, 1915; 62: 1349-1353.
  • Endothelien im strömenden Blute und ihre Beziehungen zu hämorrhagischer Diathese.
    Deutsches Archiv für klinische Medizin, Leipzig, 1920; 133: 64-73.
  • Die Pathologie der Nebennieren und der Morbus Addisonii. Jena, 1908.
  • Der Wasser- und Kochsalz-Stoffwechsel und seine bedeutung für Pathologie und Therapie. Halle an der Saale, 1911.
  • Atmung. With Oskar Minkowski (1858-1931).
    In: L. Krehl and Felix Jacob Marchand: Handbuch der allgemeinen Pathologie. Leipzig, 1912.
  • Lungenkrankheiten.
    In Paul Krause (publisher): Lehrbuch der klinischen Diganostik innerer Krankheiten. Jena, 1924.
  • Klinik der Lebersyphilis.
    In Handbuch der Haut und Geschlechtskrankheiten, volume 6,1, Berlin, 1931.
  • Grundriss der gesamten praktischen Medizin. With Eduard Müller (1876-1928.
    2 volumes. This is the 2nd edition of volume 3 of Eduard Müller’s Therapie des praktischen Arztes. Berlin, 1931. This work was first published in two volumes in 1914.

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