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Heinrich Fritsch

Born  1844
Died  1915

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German obstetrician and gynecologist, born December 5, 1844, Halle an der Saale; died May 12, 1915, Bonn.

Biography of Heinrich Fritsch

Heinrich Fritsch was educated at Tübingen, Würzburg, and Halle. He received his doctorate in Halle in 1869, then became assistant at the obstetrical clinic of Robert Michel von Olshausen (1835-1915). He was habilitated for obstetrics in 1873 in Halle, where he, following his assistant period, commenced general practice. He became extraordinary professor in 1877, and in this year with Hermann Fehling (1847-1925) established the journal Zentralblatt für Gynäkologie.

In 1882 Fritsch followed a call to Breslau as full professor and director of the obstetrical clinic, in 1893 to Bonn, where he was medical counsellor to the Medizinal-Kollegium of the Rheinprovinz. Fritsch retired in Bonn in 1910 and died there in 1915.

Fritsch was an excellent physician and operator whose work concerns all fields of obstetrics and gynaecology. As a clinical teacher he educated a group distinguished obstetricians, counting Hermann Johannes Pfannenstiel (1862-1909), Erwin Kehrer (born 1874), and Walter Stoeckel (1871-1961). Already in his own lifetime a memorial well was erected in his honour in front of the Women’s clinic in Bonn.


  • Klinik der alltäglichen geburtshilflichen Operationen.
    Halle, 1875; 5th edition, 1894.
  • Die Lageveränderungen der Gebärmutter.
    In Theodor Billroth and Franz Freiherr von Pitha, publishers: Handbuch der allgemeinen und speciellen Chirurgie, Stuttgart, 1880; 2nd edition in Theodor Billroth and Georg Albert Lücke, publishers: Deutsche Chirurgie, Berlin.
  • Die Krankheiten der Frauen.
    Braunschweig, 1881; 12th edition, 1910; translated into English, French, Italian, and Russian.
  • Grundzüge der Pathologie und Therapie des Wochenbetts.
    Stuttgart, 1884; translated into French and Russian.
  • Tabulae gynaecologicae. Braunschweig, 1884.
  • Bericht über das gynaekologische Jahr 1891/2 in Breslau.
  • Gerichtsärztliche Geburtshilfe.
    In Müllers Handbuch der Geburtshilfe, Volume 3; Stuttgart, 1889. 2nd, independent edition 1902.
  • Über Prolapsoperationen.
    Deutsche Klinik; Berlin and Vienna, 1902.
  • Geburtshilfe, eine Einführung in die Praxis.
    Leipzig, 1904.
  • Weibliche Genitalorgane. In Schwalbe's Handbuch der therepeutischen Technik. Leipzig, 1904.
  • Fruchtabtreibung.
    In: Paul Dittrich (1859-), Handbuch der Gerichtsärztlichen Sachverständigen-Tätigkeit. Berlin and Vienna, 1911.
  • 1870/71, Erinnerungen und Betrachtungen. Bonn, 1913. Bibliography in Zentralblatt für Gynäkologie,
    Leipzig, 1915, 39: 516.

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