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Winfried Robert Clemens Brachmann

Born  1888
Died  1969

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German physician, born February 6, 1888, Dresden; died January 6, 1969, Gross Schneen.

Biography of Winfried Robert Clemens Brachmann

Winfried Robert Clemens Brachmann qualified in medicine in 1913. He obtained an appointment as a clinical assistant at the Children's hospital in Dresden, and it was there, in 1916, wrote a report on a 19-day old infant who had died of pneumonia. His account noted a number of characteristics previously unreported in the history of paediatric medicine.

On September 16, 1916, he married Agnes Helene Heilmann (1891-1966) in Göttingen. They had three children, Heilwig (1917), Ernst Gerhard (1919) and Agnes (19211).

In 1916, World War I raging, he was also called up for military duty. Due to a blight wound he was stationed in the Rasenmühle near Göttingen. Near by, in Lemshausen, the family had its first home. Many years after the war, shell splinters came out of still suppurating wounds.

Brachmann had wanted to visit the German colonies in Africa and work there, but Germany lost all its colonies during World War I. After the war, Brachmann bicycled around the Göttingen area and discovered that a physician in Gross Schneen had died. Thus, in 1918, the family moved there. Germany at this time went into a period of hunger and hardships. However, Brachmann was now a man of standing. He had brought with him his batman from the war and he drove Brachmann to the villages with a coach and a horse named Lotte.

We thank Carlos Engel for information submitted.


  • W. Brachmann:
    Ein Fall von symmetrischer Monodaktylie durch Ulnadefekt, mit symmetrischer Flughautbildung in den Ellenbeugen, sowie anderen Abnormitäten (Zwerghaftigkeit, Halsrippen, Behaarung).
    Jahrbuch für Kinderheilkunde und physische Erziehung, 1916, 84: 225-235.
    [A case of symmetrical monodactyly, representing ulnar deficiency, with symmetrical antecubital webbing and other abnormalities, (dwarfism, cervical ribs, hirsutism)]

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