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Adolf Weil

Born 1848
Died 1916

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German internist, born February 7, 1848, Heidelberg; died July 23, 1916, Wiesbaden.

Biography of Adolf Weil

Adolf Weil studied at Heidelberg, receiving his doctorate in 1871, and completed his education in Berlin under Ludwig Traube (1818-1876) and Friedrich Theodor von Frerichs (1819-1885), and at Vienna under Ferdinand von Hebra (1816-1880), Moriz Kaposi (1837-1902) and Leopold von Schrötter-Kristelli (1837-1908). From 1872 to 1876 he was Frerichs' assistant, and was habilitated for internal medicine at his alma mater in 1872, becoming ausserordentlicher professor in 1876. While Friedreich was sick, and after his death, Weil was deputy of the medical clinic. In 1886 he was called to Dorpat as ordentlicher professor of clinical medicine. Already in 1887 he had to resign from his teaching duties because of tuberculosis of the larynx, also abandoning his scientific activities. For some years he practiced in the winter in Ospedaletti and San Remo, in the summer in Badenweiler, and in 1893 settled Wiesbaden, where he died in 1916.

He collaborated with Emil Abderhalden (1877-1950) and isolated norleucine in 1913. He was professor of medicine at Tartu, Estonia, and Berlin. He described four cases of the disease which he had observed in Heidelberg.

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