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Marcus Gerbezius

Born  1658
Died  1718

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Austrian (Slovenian) physician, born October 24, 1658, St. Vid, near Stiena; died March 9, 1718, Laibach in the Austrian Duchy of Krain.

Biography of Marcus Gerbezius

A government scholarship enabled Marcus Gerbezius to study philosophy in Laibach, then medicine in Vienna, Padua, and Bologna, obtaining his MD and PhD at Bologna in 1984. He practised medicine in Laibach in the Duchy of Krain, one of many areas in the conglomerate that made up the Austrian empire. Laibach is now Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia. Here he was also physician to some monasteried. He was named chief physician to the province of Krain/Carniola and became the most sought-after practitioner in Laibach/Ljubljana.

In 1688 he was admitted to the Academia Leopoldina Naturae Curiosum, and in 1701 was a founding member of Academia Operosorum in Ljubljana (president 1712 -1713).

We thank Davor Denkovski for information submitted.


  • Pulsus mira inconstantia.
    Miscellanea curiosa, sive Ephemeridum medico-physicarum Germanicum Academiae Caesareo-Leopoldinae Naturae,1691, Norimbergae, 1692, 10: 115-118. The journal title is uncertain.
    First reported case of temporary cardiac arrest with syncopal attacks - the condition known as Adams- Stokes syndrome.

  • Chronologia medico-practica exactam temporum, aurae tempestatum etc. descriptionem continens. Frankfurt, 1713.
    In this work, Gerbec discusses the importance of meterological influences on the course of diseases.
  • I. Pintar:
    Dr. Marko Gerbec.
    Razprave. Slovenska akademija znanosti in umetnosti, classis IV, pars medica, 3 (1963), 1 - 40 -- contains a review of biographical literature.
  • H. Tartalja:
    Der slowenische Arzt Dr. Marko Gerbec als Vorgänger der Fermentationslehre.
    In: Vorträge der Hauptversammulng der Internationalen Gesellschaft für Geschichte der Pharmazie (Rotterdam, 1963), (Stuttgart, 1965): 173 -180 Medicinska enciklopedija.
  • N. Flaxman:
    The History of Heart-Block.
    Bulletin of the Institute of the History of Medicine, Baltimore, 1937, 5: 115-130.
  • B. Volavsek, editor:
    Marko Gerbec. Marcus Gerbezius 1658–1718. Syndroma Gerbezius-Morgagni-Adams-Stokes.
    Ljubljana, 1977.
  • Jeremy M. Norman, editor:
    Morton’s Medical Bibliography. An annotated Check-list of Texts Illustrating the History of Medicine (Garrison and Morton). Fifth edition. Scolar Press, 1991.
  • Richard S. Westfall:
    Gerbezius, Marcus [Marko Gerbec]. The Galileo Project on the Internet.

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