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Edwin Theodor Saemisch

Born  1833
Died  1909

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German ophthalmologist, born September 30, 1833, Luckau in Nieder-Lausitz; died September 29, 1909, Bonn.

Biography of Edwin Theodor Saemisch

Edwin Theodor Saemisch studied in Berlin and Würzburg until 1858, the year he received his doctorate at Berlin. After working as an assistant in the ophthalmologic clinic in Wiesbaden from 1858 to 1862, he was habilitated in Bonn in 1862, becoming extraordinary professor in 1867, and in 1873 he was appointed full professor of ophthalmology. He described vernal conjunctivitis in 1876.


  • Klinische Beobachtungen aus der Augenheilanstalt in Wiesbaden.
    With Arnold Pagenstecher and Alexander Pagenstecher (1828-1879).
    2 booklets, Wiesbaden, 1861-1862.
  • Beiträge zur normalen und pathologischen Anatomie des Auges. Leipzig, 1862.
  • Das ulcus corneae serpens und seine Therapie; eine klinische Studie.
    Bonn, Cohen, 1870.
  • Der Frühjahrskatarrh. In Graefe and Saemisch, Handbuch der gesammten Augenheilkunde, Leipzig, 1876, 4, Theil 2, 25-29.
  • Edwin Theodor Saemisch and Alfred Carl Graefe (1830-1899), editors:
    Handbuch der gesammten Augenheilkunde.
    First edition in 17 volumes from 1874 to 1889.
    2nd Edition, 15 volumes in 41. Leipzig, W. Engelmann, 1899-1918.
    3rd edition from 1912.
    Alfred Carl Graefe was the cousin of Albrecht von Graefe (1828-1870).

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