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Anton Ghon

Born  1866
Died  1936

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Austrian pathologist, born January 1, 1866, Villach, Kärnten; died April 23, 1936, Prague.

Biography of Anton Ghon

Anton Ghon attended the medical school in Graz, graduating M.D. in 1890. For a period he volunteered at the skin department in Vienna, but did not like this field much and changed to pathology. He became an assistant to Anton Weichselbaum (1845-1920) at the Institute of pathological histology and bacteriology, and from 1894 to 1910 worked with Weichselbau at the pathological institute. In 1897 Ghon was a member of the Austrian commission to study the plague in Bombay - Pestexpedition der Wiener Akademie der Wissenschaften.

Ghon was habilitated for pathological anatomy in Wien in 1899, becoming titular professor in 1902, and professor extraordinary in 1908. He was appointed full professor in 1910 when he moved to the German university in Prague to replace Richard Kretz (1865-1920) as professor of pathological anatomy.

With a number of associates Ghon undertook many original studies in the field of bacteriology, particularly related to meningitis and gonorrhoea. Still a young man he developed tuberculosis of the larynx but had luck and recovered. He had his first heart attack in 1928, and another one year later, but he recovered from these and worked at the German university in Prague until his retirement. A couple of months later he died of tuberculous pericarditis.


  • Der primäre Lungenherd bei der Tuberkulose der Kinder.
    Berlin & Wien, Urbach & Schwarzenberg, 1912.
  • Die Tuberkulose und ihre Bekämpfung.
    With Rudolf von Jaksch (1855-1947). Wien, 1922.

  • Paul Huebschmann:
    Anton Ghon zum 70. Geburtstage. Klinische Wochenschrift, Berlin, 1936, 15: 2-3.
  • Georg Gruber:
    Anton Ghon. Münchener medizinische Wochenschrift, 1936, 83: 1569-1570.
  • J. Kenez:
    [Anton Ghon and the hilus lymph nodes.] [Article in Hungarian]
    Orvosi Hetilap, Budapest, October 9, 1966, 107 (41): 1953-1956.
  • W. B. Obers:
    Ghon, but not forgotten : Anton Ghon and his complex.
    Pathology annual, 1983, 18 (part 2): 79-85.

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