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Hermann Treschow Gartner

Born  1785
Died  1827

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Danish surgeon and anatomist, born October 1785, St. Thomas, West Indies; died April 4, 1827.

Biography of Hermann Treschow Gartner

Hermann Treschow Gartner, the elder brother of the physician Benjamin Gartner, was born on the Island of St. Thomas, then a Danish possession in the West Indies. He came to Copenhagen at the age of ten and from 1803 studied in Copenhagen, graduating in 1807. He was amanuensis under professor Frederik Christian Winslow (1752-1811), whose grandfather was the brother of the famous Jacob Benignus Winslow (1669-1760).

In 1809 Gartner became regimental surgeon in the Norwegian army. Norway was then a part of the double monarchy Denmark-Norway. From 1909 to 1911 he was Physicus in the Danish county of Bradsberg.

In 1811-1812 Gärtner undertook further studies in London and Edinburgh, and in 1815 obtained his doctorate in Copenhagen. He settled in practice in Copenhagen, becoming military surgeon in 1825, but died already in 1827.

His name is associated with the discovery and description of the ductus epoophri longitudinalis. Although Gartner's duct probably was demonstrated by Malpighi in 1681, Hermann Treschow Gärtner was the first to give an elaborate description.

We thank Kjeld Leisgård Rasmussen, Denmark, for information submitted.


  • Praecipia queaedam momenta de hernia inguinali et crurali cum anatomicis explorationibus etc. Doctoral dissertation, 1815.

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