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Franz von Hofmeister

Born 1867
Died 1926

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German surgeon, born March 30, 1867, Rottenburg a. Neckar; died August 14, 1926, Friedrichshafen.

Biography of Franz von Hofmeister

Franz von Hofmeister studied in Tübingen, Berlin, and Halle, in particular as a pupil of von Bruns. He received his doctorate in 1890 in Tübingen and then was successively assistant to the pathologist Karl Joseph Eberth (1835-1926), the gynaecologist Rudolf Kaltenbach (1842-1893), and finally at the surgical clinic in Tübingen under Paul von Bruns (1846-1916). He was habilitated for surgery in Tübingen in 1894, in 1898 became extraordinary professor and in 1899 received a teaching assignment. From 1903 he was head of the surgical department of the Karl-Olga-Krankenhaus, from 1907 he held the same position at the Ludwig-Spital.

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