Franz Naegele

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Franz Naegele

Franz Karl Naegele (7 December 1778 – 21 January 1851) was a German obstetrician born in Düsseldorf. His son, Hermann Franz Naegele (1801-1851), was also a noted obstetrician.[1]

He earned his medical degree from the University of Bamberg, afterwards opening a medical practice in Barmen. In 1807 he became an associate professor at the University of Heidelberg, where in 1810 he was appointed a full professor of obstetrics.

He is remembered for "Naegele's rule", a standard method of calculating the due date for a pregnancy. His name is also lent to "Naegele obliquity", also known as an anterior asynclytism.[2]

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ [1] Medical History Museum Ancient instruments and equipment
  2. ^ [2] Google Books, Essential of Obstetrics By Arulkumaran
  3. ^ Yufind library, Yale University