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Josef Rotter

Born 1857
Died 1924

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German surgeon, born January 21, 1857, Gläsendorf , German Silesia (now Szklarnia, Poland); died September 29, 1924, Berlin.

Biography of Josef Rotter

Josef Rotter studied at Breslau, Halle, Kiel, and Würzburg, where he obtained his doctorate in 1881. He was subsequently assistant under Hermann Maas (1842-1886) at Würzburg until 1884, Ernst von Bergmann (1836-1907) in Berlin until 1887, and from 1888 to 1890 headed a private surgical clinic in Munich. In 1890 he became chief of surgery at St. Hedwig-Krankenhaus zu Berlin.

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