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Johann Friedrich Ahlfeld

Born 1843-10-16
Died 1929-05-25

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German gynaecologist, born October 16, 1843, Alsleben an der Saale, Province Sachsen; died May 25, 1929, Marburg.

Biography of Johann Friedrich Ahlfeld

Johann Friedrich Ahlfeld studied in Greifswald, and in Leipzig where he was an assistant of Carl Sigmund Franz Credé (1819-1892). He continued his education in Vienna and Tübingen, and was conferred doctor of medicine on February 22, 1868. In 1876 he became extraordinary professor and teacher of widwifery in Leipzig, and in 1881 accepted an invitation to Giessen as professor of obstetrics and director of the midwifery teaching institution. In 1883 he was called to Marburg as professor of obstetrics and director of the Royal School of Midwifery. In 1894 he became privy medical counsellor. He was relieved of his official duties in 1909, and died in Marburg in 1929.

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