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Wilhelm Uhthoff

Born  1853
Died  1927

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German ophthalmologist, born July 31, 1853, Klein-Warin, Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (now Mecklenburg-Vorpommern); died March 21, 1927, Breslau.

Biography of Wilhelm Uhthoff

Wilhelm Uhthoff began his studies in 1873, attending the universities of Tübingen, Göttingen, Rostock, and Berlin. He received his doctorate at the latter in 1877 and was licensed in 1878. He turned to eye medicine and became an assistant to Heinrich Leopold Schoeler (1844-1918). He was habilitated at Berlin in 1884, and in 1890 followed a call to Marburg as ordentlicher Professor, succeeding Hermann Schmidt-Rimpler (1838-1915). In 1896 he succeeded Carl Friedrich Richard Förster (1825-1902) at Breslau, remaining in this tenure until he was emerited in 1923.

Uhthoff’s most important work concerns studies on the relationship between general diseases, particularly those of central nervous system and poisonings, to ophthalmology.


  • Die Augenstörungen bei Vergiftungen.
    Handbuch der Augenheilkunde, 2nd edition, volume 11, 2 A. Leipzig, 1911.
  • Über die Augensymptome bei den Erkrankungen des Nervensystems.
    Handbuch der Augenheilkunde, 2nd edition, volume 11, 2 B. Leipzig, 1915.
  • Beiträge zur Pathologie der Sehnerven und der Netzhaut bei Allgemeinerkrankungen.
    With Heinrich Leopold Schoeler. Berlin, 1884.
  • Über die bei der Syphilis des Centralnervensystems vorkommenden Augenstörungen. Leipzig, 1894.
  • Über die neueren Fortschritte der Bakteriologie auf dem Gebiete der Conjunctivitis und der Keratitis des Menschen.
    Sammlung zwangloser Abhandlungen aus dem Gebiete der Augenheilkunde, Halle an der Saale, volume 2, Heft 5, 1898.
  • Über die Behandlung der Netzhautlösung.
    Sammlung zwangloser Abhandlungen aus dem Gebiete der Augenheilkunde, Halle an der Saale, volume 6, Heft 8, 1907.
  • Von den Blinden. Breslau, 1908.
  • Über das Sehen und über Sehstörungen in ihren Beziehungen zum Gehirn.
    Jena, 1908.
  • Stereoscopischer ophthalmolog. Atlas. 2. Folge, Leipzig.
  • Augensymptome bei Grosshirntumoren.
    Gräfe-Sämisch: Handbuch der Augenheilkunde, 1915. Volume I: 1143.
    (Foster) Kennedy's syndrome.

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