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Georg Gottlieb Hohmann

Born  1880-02-28
Died  1970-10-05

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    German orthopaedic surgeon, born February 28, 1880, Eisenach, Thüringen; died October 5, 1970, Bergen, Oberbayern.

    Biography of Georg Gottlieb Hohmann

    Georg Hohmann was the son of the merchant Louis Hohmann (1843-1922) and his wife Ida (1853-1931), née Neumann. He studied medicine in Jena, München, Berlin and Würzburg, and passed his state examination in 1903, the same year he presented his doctoral dissertation at the University of Würzburg.

     From 1903 to 1910 he worked as an assistant, later head physician, in the orthopaedic clinic in Munich under Fritz Lange (1864-1952). From 1910 he had his own practice in Munich. During World War I, with Franz Schede, he built a rehabilitattion centre for people wounded in the war. Schede called him the “Meister der operativen Klinik”.

     He was habilitated for orthopaedic surgery at Munich in 1918, becoming professor extraordinary in 1923, ordinarius in 1926. In 1930 he accepted an invitattion to become full professor and director of the university orthopaedic clinic “Stiftung Friedrichsheim” in Frankfurt am Main.

     In 1937, Hohmann succeeded professor Hermann Gocht as chairman of the Deutsche Vereinigung für Krüppelfürsorge as well as head of Deutsche Orthopädische Gesellschaft – the German Association for the Welfare of ther Crippled, and the German Orthopaedic Society.

     Late in 1945 he was elected rector in Frankfurt and achieved the reopening of the university. In April 1946 he moved on to the chair of orthopaedics at the University of Munich, where he was also elected rector. He was emerited in 1950 but headed both the chair and the clinic until 1954. Georg Hohmann was married twice.

     Georg Hohmann’s activity was not limited to medicine. He was a liberal member of the Bavarian parliamenet (Bayerischer Landtag), an enthusiastic supporter of Friedrich Naumann and a yourh friend of Theodor Heuss, in 1949 the first president of the German Federal Republic.

     Georg Gottlieb Hohmann was doctor honoris cause of medizin of the universities of Würzburg (1953), Giessen (1957) and Leipzig (1957), of veterinary medicine at Munich (1955) and of natural sciences from the University of Frankfurt (1955). He received the Grosses Verdienskreuz of the Bundesrepublik Deutschland. He died on October 5, 1970, aged 90.


    Giessfieber. Doctoral dissertation, University of Würzburg, 1903.

    Die Pseudarthrosen und die durch Knochendefekte entstandenen Schlottergelenke.

    Habilitattion thesis. München, 1918.

    Die Pseudarthrosen und die durch Knochendefekte entstandene Schlottergelenke.
    Habilitation thesis. In: Deutsche Orthopädie, Stuttgart, 1921.

    Die körperliche Erziehung des wachsenden Menschen. Leipzig, 1921.

    Kriegsorthopädie und künstliche Glieder.
    In Fritz Langes Lehrbuch der Orthopädie, Jena, 2nd edition, 1922.

    Fuss und Bein, ihre Erkrankungen und deren Behandlung.
    München, 1923. 5th edition 1951.

    Der Hallux valgus und übrigen Zehenverkrümmungen.
    Ergebnisse der Chirurgie und Orthopädie, Berlin, Berlin, volume 18, 1925.

    Die gewerblichen Erkrankungen der Muskeln, Sehnen, Knochen und Gelenke.
    Handbuch der sozialen Hygiene, volume 2, Berlin 1926.

    Orthopädische Gymnastik, ein Übungsbuch, 1933, 3te Auflage 1956, mit Lina Jegel-Stumpf;

    Orthopädische Apparate und Bandagen,
    Zeitschrift für orthopädische Chirurgie 1936, 2te Auflage 1938;

    Orthopädische Technik, 1941, 4th edition 1958 mit Karl Giuliani;

    Orthopädie Ein Studienführer, 1947;

    Hand und Arm, ihre Erkrankungen und deren Behandlung, 1949.

    Ein Arzt erlebt seine Zeit. Bergmann : 1954. 215 pages.

    Hohmann published:
    Handbuch der Orthopädie. Four volumes, 1957-1961.
    With Matthias Hackenbroch (1894-1979) and Kurt Lindemann (1901-1966).

    Isidor Fischer (1869-1943), publisher:
    Biographisches Lexikon der hervorragenden Ärzte der letzten fünfzig Jahre.
    Berlin – Wien, Urban & Schwarzenberg, 1932.

    K. Lindemann:
    Prof. Georg Hohmann zum 80. Geburtstag. Jahrbuch der Fürsorge für Körperbehinderte 1960: IX.
    Eduard Güntz, in: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Nr. 254, November 2, 1970.

    Matthias Hackenbroch, in: Zeitschrift für Orthopädie und ihre Grenzgebiete1971, 108: 550.

    Matthias Hackenbroch, in. Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift, 1971, 96: 558.

    Eduard Güntz: Hohmann, Georg. In: Neue Deutsche Biographie. Band 9, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 1972: 507 ff.

    G. Exner:
    [In memoriam Georg Hohmann 1880-1980]. [Article in German]
    Zeitschrift für Orthopädie und ihre Grenzgebiete, Stuttgart, October 1980, 118 (5): 825-826.

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