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Carl Beck

Born  1864-03-26
Died  1952

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Bohemian-American surgeon, born March 26, 1864, Milin, Bohemia.

Biography of Carl Beck

Carl Beck attended the German university in Prague. He graduated in 1889 and subsequently was an assistant in the gynaecological clinic.

From 1898 to 1917 Beck was professor of clinical surgery and pathology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, devoting his efforts mainly to general surgery. Beck became known for his bismuth paste for roentgenological diagnostics for his sinus- and fistula therapy, which he applied from 1906 with his brother Emil Beck.

With Alexis Carrel (1873-1944), Beck developed an operation that used the stomach for replacement of the oesophagus. Beck had an illustrious career and a close personal and professional relationship with Carrel.

We thank Patrick Jucker-Kupper, Switzerland, and Seref Etker, Istanbul, Turkey, for information submitted.


  • Surgical Pathology. Philadelphia, 1905.
  • The Crippled hand and arm : a monograph on the various types of deformities of the hand and arm as a result from abnormal development, injuries and disease, for the use of practitioner and surgeon.
    Philadelphia : J. B. Lippincott Co., 1925. 243 pages.
  • W. Baader and L. M. Nyhus:
    The life of Carl Beck and an important interval with Alexis Carrel.
    Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics, Chicago, July 1986, 163 (1): 85-88.

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