Biography of Carl Sternberg
Carl von Sternberg attended the university of Vienna, receiving his doctorate in 1896. After training in general medicine he worked as an assistant at the pathological institute of the Rudolfsspital, where he was influenced by professor Richard Paltauf (1858-1924). He was habilitated for pathological anatomy in 1903.
In 1908 he moved to Brünn and was made associate professor, ausserordentlicher professor in 1914, and titular ordentlicher Professor in 1926. In 1914 he was mobilised and spent the entire war with the combat troops and earned great reputation for fighting for the soldiers’ rights and well being. He became one of the most decorated doctors of his military rank in Austria.
After the war he returned to Brünn, but in 1920 moved back to Vienna where he assumed the prosectorate at the hospital Wieden and became head of the pathology department of the general hospital there. In 1922 he became professor of pathology, but never achieved his ambition of becoming the head of an academic unit. Apart from the war years when he worked largely on bowel infections and typhoid fever, his main research concerned tuberculosis and leukaemia. He died suddenly of a coronary occlusion.
Sternberg contributed to the Handbuch der allgemeinen Pathologie und der pathologischen Anatomie des Kindesalters (gastro-intestinal tract, peritoneum), and the Handbuch der mikrobiologischen Technik (autopsy of humans). He also made a new revision of Moritz Wilhelm Hugo Ribbert’s (1855-1920) Lehrbuch der allgemeinen Pathologie und der allgemeinen pathologischen Anatomie, Leipzig, 1928.