Erich Franz Eugen Bracht

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Erich Franz Eugen Bracht
Erich Franz Bracht (1882–1969).jpg
Born 1882
Died 1969
Nationality German
Occupation pathologist, gynaecologist
Known for Bracht manoeuvre
The Bracht manoeuvre

Erich Franz Eugen Bracht (b. 1882-d.1969) was a German pathologist and gynaecologist born in Berlin.

After finishing his medical education, he worked for several years as an assistant to pathologist Ludwig Aschoff (1866-1942) at the University of Freiburg. Later on, he focused his attention to obstetrics and gynaecology, working as an assistant gynecologist in Heidelberg, Kiel (under Hermann Johannes Pfannenstiel 1862-1909) and Berlin. In 1922 he became an associate professor at the University of Berlin and eventually director of the Charité Frauenklinik. Following World War II he served as a consultant of gynaecology and obstetrics during the American occupation of Berlin.[1]

While at Freiburg, Bracht made important contributions involving the pathological study of rheumatic myocarditis.[1] With Hermann Julius Gustav Wächter, he described the eponymous "Bracht-Wachter bodies", defined as myocardial microabscesses seen in the presence of bacterial endocarditis.[2]

He is also remembered for the "Bracht manoeuvre" (first described in 1935),[3] a breech delivery that allows for delivery of the infant with minimum interference.[4]

Publications[edit]

  • Beitrag zur Aetiologie und pathologischen Anatomie der Myokarditis rheumatica (pp. 493–530, 2 Abb., 2 Taf.). Dtsch. Arch. klin. Med., 96. - Leipzig 1909, (with H. Wachter).[5]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Historia medicina (biography of Erich Bracht, translated from Spanish)
  2. ^ Free Dictionary description of eponym
  3. ^ Dunn, Professor PM (2003). "Erich Bracht (1882–1969) of Berlin and his "breech" manoeuvre". Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed 88: 76–77. doi:10.1136/fn.88.1.F76. 
  4. ^ Perinatal lessons from the past; Erich Bracht (1882–1969) of Berlin and his “breech” manoeuvre Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed 2003;88:F76-F77 doi:10.1136/fn.88.1.F76
  5. ^ Antiquarische Bücher Fritz-Dieter Söhn - MedicusBooks : Fritz-Dieter Söhn, Renthof 8, 35037 Marburg