Philipp Franz von Walther

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Philipp Franz von Walther (1782-1849)

Philipp Franz von Walther (3 January 1782 – 29 December 1849) was a German surgeon and ophthalmologist who was a native of Burrweiler.

He studied medicine in Vienna under Georg Joseph Beer (1763–1821), obtaining his medical doctorate in 1803 from the University of Landshut. He subsequently served as a professor at the Universities of Bamberg, Landshut, Bonn (1818–1830), and Munich.[1] Among his better known students were Johannes Peter Müller (1801–1858) at Bonn, and Johann Lukas Schönlein (1793–1864) and Cajetan von Textor (1782–1860) at Landshut.

Walther is best known for his pioneer work in ophthalmology and ophthalmic surgery. In 1826 he described the first tarsorrhaphy for closure of a portion of the eyelids for partial ectropion. In the treatise Ueber die Hornhautflecken, he gave an early account of corneal opacity.

With Karl Ferdinand von Gräfe (1787–1840), he was co-editor of Journal der Chirurgie und Augenheilkunde, an influential journal of surgery and ophthalmology. Walther is credited with performing numerous experiments involving medical galvanism.

He died in Munich.

Selected written works[edit]

  • Ueber die therapeutische Indication und den Techniscismus der galvanischen Operation, 1803.
  • Ueber das Alterthum der Knochenkrankheiten, 1825.
  • Ectropicum anguli oculi externi, eine neue Augenkrankheit und die Tarsoraphie, eine neue Augen-Operation (Ectropicum anguli externi oculi, a new eye disease and tarsorrhaphy, a new eye surgery), 1826.
  • Ueber die Trepanation nach Kopfverletzungen (On trepanation for head injuries), 1831.
  • Die Lehre vom schwarzen Star und seine Heilart; Pathologie und Therapie der Amarose (Pathology and treatment of amaurosis), 1840.
  • Ueber die Amaurose nach Superciliar-Verletzungen, 1840.
  • Ueber die Revaccination (Involving re-vaccination), 1844.
  • Ueber die Hornhautflecken (About spots on the cornea), 1845.
  • Kataraktologie, Beobachtung einer Cornea conica im chirurgisch-ophthalmologischen Klinikum in München (Observation of a cornea conica in the surgical eye hospital at Munich), 1846.
  • Wieder-Anheilung einer ganz abgehauenen Nase (S.521-235, 1 Taf.). and Nachricht über die Anheilung einer, zwei Stunden lang völlig abgetrennten Nase; ein Sendschreiben des R.Markiewicz an C.F. Graefe (S.536-537).

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