Biography of Hermann Sahli
Hermann Sahli attended the University of Bern, where he obtained his doctorate in 1878. Following a period as an assistant under Rudolf Demme (1836-1892) at the children’s clinic and Ludwig Lichtheim (1845-1915) at the medical clinic, Sahli went to Leipzig to work under Julius Friedrich Cohnheim (1839-1884) and Carl Weigert (1845-1904). Upon his return he entered a position as assistant in Lichtheim’s polyclinic. He was habilitated as Dozent for internal medicine in 1882 and in 1888 was appointed ordinarius, holding this tenure until 1929. He was also director of Inselspital, the university clinic at Berne.
There was hardly a field of internal medicine that was not enriched by his work. Of particular importance were his contributions to diagnostical methods.