Franz Kaspar Hesselbach

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Franz Kaspar Hesselbach
Born January 27, 1759
Hammelburg
Died July 24, 1816
Nationality Germany
Fields surgeon
anatomist
Influences Karl Kaspar von Siebold
Influenced Konrad Johann Martin Langenbeck

Franz Kaspar Hesselbach (January 27, 1759 – July 24, 1816) was a German surgeon and anatomist who was a native of Hammelburg.

He was a pupil, and later Prosector under Karl Kaspar von Siebold (1736–1807) at Würzburg. Later Hesselbach was a lecturer at Würzburg, where one of his students was Konrad Johann Martin Langenbeck (1776–1851). His son, Adam Kaspar Hesselbach (1788–1856) was also a surgeon.

As a surgeon, Hesselbach is best known for his work with hernia operations. He was the first to describe a handful of anatomical structures, such as the cribriform fascia (Hesselbach's fascia), interfoveolar ligament (Hesselbach's ligament) and the inguinal triangle (Hesselbach's triangle).

His son Adam Kaspar Hesselbach became a famous surgeon and anatomist, too.

Selected writings[edit]

  • Anatomisch-chirurgische Abhandlung über den Ursprung der Leistenbrüche. Würzburg, Baumgärtner, 1806. (Hesselbach’s fascia, ligament and triangle described).
  • Neueste anatomisch-pathologische Untersuchungen über den Ursprung und das Fortschreiten der Leisten- und Schenkelbrüche. Würzburg, Staheliano, 1814. (Latest anatomic-pathologic investigations involving the origin and progress of inguinal and femoral ruptures).

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