Felix Victor Birch-Hirschfeld
Biography of Felix Victor Birch-Hirschfeld
Felix Victor Birch-Hirschfeld attended the University of Leipzig, particularly as a pupil of Karl August Wunderlich (1815-1877) and Ernst Leberecht Wagner (1828-1888). Already before graduation he worked in a cholera hospital under Wunderlich. He received his doctorate at Leipzig in 1867, and subsequently worked as an assistant under Wagner in the Leipzig pathological institute until 1869. That year he left the institute in Leipzig to become assistant in the mental asylums of Colditz and Sonnenstein.
In 1870 he returned to pathology to become prosector at the city hospital in Dresden. In 1871 he became teacher of pathological anatomy at the military Fortbildungskurses, in 1875 Medizinalrat in the Medizinal-Kollegium, and in 1881 also assumed leadership of the mental ward at the Dresden Hospital.
On April 1, 1885, Birch-Hirschfeld was appointed Julius Cohnheim's (1839-1884) successor in the chair of pathological anatomy at Leipzig. He made important contributions to bacteriology, with tuberculosis his main interest in infectious diseases.
As early as in 1886 Birch-Hirschfeld attracted a severe inflammation of the lung that eventually took his life in 1899, when he was 57 years old.
His son Arthur Birch-Hirschfeld, born 1871, was professor of ophthalmology at Königsberg.