Franz Kaspar Hesselbach

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Franz Kaspar Hesselbach
Born January 27, 1759
Hammelburg
Died July 24, 1816 (1816-07-25) (aged 57)
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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