Johann Klein

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Johann Klein is thought to be one of the figures in this 1853 drawing

Johann Klein (1788–1856) was Professor of Obstetrics at the University of Salzburg and at the University of Vienna. Johann Baptist Chiari was his son-in-law. In Vienna, he was succeeded by professor Carl Braun in 1856.

In the maternity clinic at the Vienna General Hospital there was a position as assistant to professor Klein. The position was held by:

It was normal to grant the Assistent a two-year extension; indeed both Breit and Braun were granted extensions, Semmelweis was not however.[1] Klein seems to have felt threatened by the younger members of the faculty, and he opposed both Semmelweis and his theories.[2]


  1. ^ Carter 2005:61
  2. ^ Semmelweis, Ignaz; K. Codell Carter (translator and extensive foreword) (1861). Etiology, Concept and Prophylaxis of Childbed Fever. University of Wisconsin Press, September 15, 1983. p. 61 footnote 1. ISBN 0-299-09364-6.