Eduard Caspar Jacob von Siebold

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Eduard Caspar Jacob von Siebold
Eduard Caspar Jakob Siebold.jpg
Von Siebold, Humboldt University of Berlin, University Library
Born (1801-03-19)19 March 1801
Würzburg, Germany
Died 27 October 1861(1861-10-27) (aged 60)
Göttingen, Germany
Fields Gynecology, obstetrics
Institutions Humboldt University of Berlin
University of Marburg
University of Göttingen

Eduard Caspar Jacob von Siebold (19 March 1801 – 27 October 1861) was a German professor of gynecology. He worked at Humboldt University of Berlin, University of Marburg and University of Göttingen.

Life and career[edit]

Von Siebold was born 19 March 1801, the son of gynecologist Adam Elias von Siebold, in Würzburg, Germany. He became a medical doctor in 1826, docent in obstetrics in 1827 in Berlin, and professor in this field in 1829 in Marburg. From 1833 until his death in 1861, he was director of the clinic for gynecology and obstetrics at University of Göttingen, succeeding Caspar Julius Mende. Von Siebold represented a traditional approach in obstetrics and did not embrace the great medical development at the time.

He travelled to Wien in 1847, partly to reach consensus with the so-called modern Vienna School that emphasized active obstetrical intervention by doctors, partly to study the work of Johann Lucas Boër who represented a more conservative trend in obstetrics. There he met Ignaz Semmelweis whose theories he could not accept at all.

Inspired by the work of James Young Simpson, Von Siebold introduced the use of ether as a general anaesthetic and was the first to carry out a caesarian section using this substance.

Von Siebold died on 27 October 1861 in Göttingen. He was succeeded by Jakob Heinrich Hermann Schwartz, who was a scholar[clarification needed] of Gustav Adolf Michaelis in Kiel and Carl Conrad Theodor Litzmann.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Versuch einer Geschichte der Geburtshülfe 1839, 1845

References[edit]

  • This article is based on the German wiki page merged with info from the Swedish wiki page (both version 2008-09-04) and info from the Johann Lucas Boër page.

Logo för Nordisk familjeboks uggleupplaga.png This article contains content from the Owl Edition of Nordisk familjebok, a Swedish encyclopedia published between 1904 and 1926, now in the public domain.

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