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Eduard Sonnenburg

Born 1848
Died 1915

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German surgeon, born November 3, 1848, Bremen; died May 25, 1915, Bad Wildungen.

Biography of Eduard Sonnenburg

After receiving his medical doctorate in 1872, Eduard Sonnenburg was assistant physician under Georg Albert Lücke (1829-1894) at the surgical clinic in Strassburg in Elsass from 1873 to 1880 He subsequently worked under Bernhard Rudolf Konrad von Langenbeck (1810-1887) and Ernst von Bergmann (1836-1907) at Berlin, 1880-1883. After the retirement of von Langenbeck he was first assistant in the k. Klinikum until 1883.
Sonnenburg was habilitated for surgery at Strassburg in 1876, and at Berlin in 1881. He was appointed extraordinary professor at Berlin in 1883, ordinary honorary professor 1913, and in 1899 was appointed Geheimer Medizinalrat. From 1890 he was director of the surgical department of the city hospital Moabit in Berlin.

Sonnenburg’s works from Moabit appeared in the journal Deutsche Zeitschrift für Chirurgie, of which he was publisher, and Mittheilungen aus dem Grenzgebieten der Medizin und Chirurgie. Sonneburg was also a collaborator in Albert Eulenburg’s (1840-1917) Real-Encyclopädie der gesammten Heilkunde (Vienna, 1880-1883), and Archives des Sciences médicales, etc.

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