Albert Hoffa

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Albert Hoffa (1859-1907)

Albert Hoffa (31 March 1859 – 31 December 1907) was a German surgeon, orthopedist and physiotherapist born in Richmond, Cape of Good Hope.

He studied medicine at the Universities of Marburg and Freiburg, earning his doctorate with a thesis on nephritis saturnina. In 1886, he opened a private clinic for orthopedics, physiotherapy and massage in Würzburg,[1] where in 1895 he became an associate professor at the university. In 1902 he succeeded Julius Wolff (1836-1902) at the department of orthopedics in Berlin.[2]

Hoffa is remembered for introducing an operation for congenital hip dislocations (1890),[3] as well as for development of a system of massage therapy (Hoffa system).[4] His name is associated with a condition known as "Hoffa's fat pad disease", being characterized by chronic knee pain primarily beneath the patella.[5]

In 1892 he founded the journal Zeitschrift für orthopädische Chirurgie.

Selected writings[edit]

  • Lehrbuch der Fracturen und Luxationen für Ärzte und Studierende, 1888 - Textbook of fractures and luxations for physicians and students.
  • Lehrbuch der orthopädischen Chirurgie, 1891 - Textbook of orthopedic surgery.
  • Technik der Massage, 1893 - Technique of massage.
  • Atlas und Grundriss der Verbandlehre, 1897 - Atlas and outline of the teaching association.
  • Die orthopädische Literatur, 1905 - Orthopedic literature.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pagel: Biographical Dictionary outstanding physicians of the nineteenth century. Berlin, Vienna, 1901, 758-760 Sp. (biography)
  2. ^ "Deutsche Biographie". Archived from the original on 2014-12-18. Retrieved 2012-09-27.
  3. ^ Google Books An Introduction to the History of Medicine, with Medical Chronology ... by Fielding Hudson Garriso
  4. ^ Beard's Massage: Principles and Practice of Soft Tissue Manipulation by Giovanni DeDomenico
  5. ^ Morini, G; Chiodi, E; Centanni, F; Gattazzo, D (1998). "[Hoffa's disease of the adipose pad: magnetic resonance versus surgical findings]". Radiol Med. 95 (4): 278–85. PMID 9676203.
  6. ^ WorldCat Identities (publications)