Carl B. Schlatter
Biography of Carl B. Schlatter
Carl B. Schlatter received his education from the universities of Zurich, Heidelberg, Vienna, and Paris, graduating doctor of medicine at the University of Zurich in 1889. In the winter of 1889 to 1890 he studied in Vienna with Christian Albert Theodore Billroth (1829-1894) and Eduard Albert (1841-1900). He was invited by professor Rudolph Ulrich Krönlein (1847-1910) to join him at the university clinic in Zurich, where he was habilitated for surgery in 1895. He became ausserordentlicher professor of surgery and casualty medicine in 1899, and in 1924 was made full professor of this discipline.
Schlatter in 1897 performed the first successful complete gastrectomy. His main interest was in casualties and trauma and he published a number of papers and books on this subject. In 1914-1915 he worked in the German prisoner of war camps and in the Stuttgart Military Hospital. He was a very skilful surgeon and a fine teacher. He fell ill shortly before his retirement was due and died suddenly of a pulmonary illness.