Friedrich Wilhelm Zahn

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Friedrich Wilhelm Zahn

Friedrich Wilhelm Zahn (14 February 1845 – 1904) was a German-Swiss pathologist born in Germersheim. His eponyms include Zahn infarct and lines of Zahn.[1]


Zahn studied medicine at the University of Strasbourg under Friedrich Daniel von Recklinghausen (1833–1910), becoming an associate professor of pathological anatomy in Geneva in 1876.

Zahn published works on the circulatory system (blood, thrombosis, embolism, arterial disease, etc.) and on tumors.[2] With Georg Albert Lücke (1829–1894), he published an influential treatise involving surgery of tumors, Chirurgie der Geschwülste. Other noted writings by Zahn include:

  • Zur Lehre von der Entzündung und Eiterung. Mit besonderer Berücksichtigung der durch das Mikrosporon septicum hervorgerufenen Erscheinungen, 1872 – The doctrine of inflammation and suppuration.
  • Tumeur de la partie supérieure du fémur : désarticulation de la hanche, (with Jacques-Louis Reverdin 1842–1929), 1881 – Tumor of the upper part of the femur.
  • Beiträge zur Geschwulstlehre (six parts) – Contribution to the study of tumors.[3]


  1. ^ Stegman, JK, ed. (2006), Stedman's Medical Dictionary (28th ed.), Baltimore, MD: Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins 
  2. ^ Biographical Dictionary of the outstanding physicians of all times and peoples ... edited by August Hirsch, Albrecht Wernich, Ernst Julius Gurlt
  3. ^ Works by or about F. Wilh Zahn in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
  • Benaroyo L (1991), "Contribution of Friedrich Wilhelm Zahn (1845–1904) to the study of inflammation", Gesnerus (in French), 49 (Pt 3–4): 395–408, PMID 1814785 
  • Bräunig G, Doerr W (1991), "100 years ago: Friedrich Wilhelm Zahn defines once and for all the separated thrombus", Der Pathologe (in German), 12 (4): 226–229, PMID 1946227 
  • Reuter P (2007), "Part I", Springer Klinisches Wörterbuch (in German), Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 2005–2038, doi:10.1007/978-3-540-34602-9, ISBN 978-3-540-34601-2 
  • Ober WB (1978), "Friedrich Wilhelm Zahn, M.D. (1845–1904): what's my line?", Pathology Annual, 13 (Pt 2): 165–173, PMID 372903