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Heinrich Werner

Born  1874
Died  1946

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German internist, born May 14, 1874, Mühleisen, Thüringen; died 1946.

Biography of Heinrich Werner

Heinrich Werner studied at the Kaiser-Wilhelms-Akademie from 1893 to 1899. He subsequently served as a health officer – Assistentarzt and Oberarzt – with the Schutztruppen in German East Africa. During World War I, these Schutztruppen, led by General Paul Emil von Lettow-Vorbeck (1870-1964) were the only German colonial troops to fight during the entire war. From 1904 to 1906 he participated as a staff physician in the extermination war against the hereros in South West Africa.

From 1906 to 1913 he was assistant, respectively head of the clinical department – the Seemannkrankenhaus – at the Institut für Schiffs- und Tropenhygiene in Hamburg. From 1914 he was head physician to the Schutztruppe as well as Medizinalreferent to the Gouvernement Kamerun. At the beginning of World War I he participated in the fights in Neu-Kamerun and subsequently served as corps- and army hygienist in Belgium, Russia, and Romania. After the end of the war he was retired with the title of Generaloberst, settling in practice as a specialist in infectious diseases in Berlin.

Werner’s work concerns protozoological studies, tropical diseases, but also anthropological, ethnological, and linguistic research.


  • Enteramoeba coli.
    Handbuch der pathogenen Protozooen, volume 1; Leipzig, 1912.
  • Febris quintana. Berlin and Vienna, 1920.
  • Malaria. In Friedrich Kraus (1858-1936) and Theodor Brugsch (1878-1963):
    Spezielle Pathologie und Therapie. Volume 2, 3, Berlin, 1923 (19 volumes, Berlin and Vienna, Urban & Schwarzenberg, 1919-1929).
  • Fünftagefieber. Handbuch der pathogenen Mikroorganismen, 3rd edition, volume 8,2; Jena, Berlin, and Vienna, 1930.
  • Ein Tropenarzt sah Afrika. Nachgelassene papiere. Mit einem Vorwort von E. G. Nauck. Strasbourg/Kehl, ca 1950. 93 pages.
  • Bibliography i: G. Olpp, Hervorragende Tropenärzte, Munich, 1932, page 413.

  • Isidor Fischer, publisher:
    Biographisches Lexikon der hervorragenden Ärzte der letzten fünfzig Jahre.
    Berlin – Wien, Urban & Schwarzenberg, 1932.
We thank Rudolf Kleinert, Bad Reichenhall, Germany, for information submitted.

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