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Adolf Edelmann

Born 1885
Died 1939

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Polish physician, born February 14, 1885, Dzialoszyce; died 1939.

Biography of Adolf Edelmann

Adolf Edelmann attended the universities of Krakow and Vienna, obtaining his doctorate at Krakow in 1911. He worked in Carl Harko von Noorden's (1858-1944) clinic in Vienna, first as assistant, later as provisional head of the medical department at the Wilhelminespital, in Karel Frederik Wenckebach’s (1864-1940) clinic. Later he became director and physician-in-chief of the S. Canning Children's Hospital and Research Institute in Vienna. His work concerns the fields of haematology, syphilis of the internal organs, metabolism, diseases of the gastro-intestinal tract, and chemotherapy.

In 1931 Edelmann described a fourth, previously unknown element of the blood, for which he suggested the name Kinetozyten (Wiener klinische Wochenschrift, 1931, 44: 795).

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