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Abraham Albert Hijmans van den Bergh

Born  1869
Died  1943

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Dutch internist, born December 1, 1869, Rotterdam; died 1943.

Biography of Abraham Albert Hijmans van den Bergh

Abraham Albert Hijmans van den Bergh became doctor of medicine in Leiden in 1896 and then interned at the medical clinic in that town. In 1900 he went to the Prussian city of Breslau, now Polish Wroclaw, where he visited the famous paediatrician Adalbert Czerny (1863-1941). He returned to Holland to practice in Rotterdam, where he became physician-in-chief at the city hospital at Coolsingle.

In 1912 Hijmans van den Bergh succeeded Karel Frederik Wenkebach (1864-1940) as professor of medicine in Groningen. In 1918 he was appointed professor at Utrecht, the successor of Sape Talma (1847-1918). He retired there in 1938.

In 1918 he became personal physician to the German emperor Wilhelm II (1859-1941), and remained in that position during the German occupation, despite the fact that he was a Jew. The Germans did not deport him to a concentration camp when the ex emperor died in 1942, but held him in house arrest. He suffered from diabetes and angina. An avenue in Utrecht is named form him.


  • Über eine direkte und indirekte Diazoreaktion auf Bilirubin.
    With P. Muller. Biochemische Zeitschrift, 1916, 77: 90-103.
  • Der Gallenfarbstoff im Blut. With I. Snapper and J. Muller.
    Leiden, S. C. van Doesburgh, 1918. 111 pages. 2nd edition, Leiden 1928. 112 pages.
  • Voordrachten over suikerziekte. Utrecht, 1925. Translated into German.
  • Ein Fall von kongenitaler Porphyrinurie mit Koproporphyrin in Harn und Stuhl.
    Written with R. Regniers and P.Muller.
    Archiv für Verdauungs-Krankheiten, 1928, 42: 302-307.
  • Ein bemerkenswerter Fall von Porphyrie.
    Wiener klinische Wochenschrift, 1937, 50: 830-831.
  • Leerboek der inwendige geneeskunde.
    Written with C. D. de Langen and I. Snapper.
    Amsterdam: Scheltema & Holkemas, 1946.
  • Leerboek der inwendige geneeskunde deel 2.
    Amsterdam: Scheltema & Holkemas, 1948. Obituaries, Biograhical, etc.
  • Isodore Snapper:
    40-jarig artsjubileum prof. dr. A.A. Hijmans van den Bergh.
    Nederlandsch Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 1935, 79: 1150-1153.

  • H. R. Kruyt, in:
    Verslag van de openbare vergadering der afdeeling natuurkunde op 30 October 1943 van de Nederlandsche Akademie van Wetenschappen te Amsterdam, 1943, 52: 463-465.
  • E. Gorter, in:
    Jaarboek der Nederlandsche Akademie van Wetenschappen (1943-1944): 194-207.
  • C.D. de Langen, in:
    Nederlandsch Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 1945, 89: 227-228.
  • J. H. Pannekoek:
    [Clinician, researcher and teacher Abraham Albert Hijmans van den Bergh (1869-1943)] [Article in Dutch]
    Nederlandsch Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde. September 25, 1993, 137 (39): 1983-1987
  • Barry G. Firkin and Judith A. Whitworth:
    Dictionary of Medical Eponyms.
    The Parthenon Publishing Group. 2nd edition 2002. Page 407.

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