- A dictionary of medical eponyms

Alexander Prussak

Born  1839
Died  1897

Related eponyms

Russian otologist, born 1839, near Moscow; died January 20, 1897, St. Petersburg.

Biography of Alexander Prussak

Alexander Prussak attended the medical-surgical academy in St. Petersburg, receiving his doctorate in 1862. He then spent two years abroad working in otology. Following his return, in 1870 he received a professorship in this discipline at the Acadmy in St. Petersburg. He retired from his chair in 1863.

Prussak did fundamental work on the the supply of the blood vessels to the eardrum and the conenction between intracranial diseases and ear disturbances.


  • [Conditional alterations of the urine by reaction of nitric-acid on biliary prigment.] In Russian. Doctoral dissertation; St. Petersburg, 1866.
  • B. Proctor:
    Alexander Prussak. The Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology, St. Louis, April 1968, 77 (2): 344-349.

What is an eponym?

An eponym is a word derived from the name of a person, whether real or fictional. A medical eponym is thus any word related to medicine, whose name is derived from a person.

What is Whonamedit?

Whonamedit.com is a biographical dictionary of medical eponyms. It is our ambition to present a complete survey of all medical phenomena named for a person, with a biography of that person.


Whonamedit? does not give medical advice.
This survey of medical eponyms and the persons behind them is meant as a general interest site only. No information found here must under any circumstances be used for medical purposes, diagnostically, therapeutically or otherwise. If you, or anybody close to you, is affected, or believe to be affected, by any condition mentioned here: see a doctor.