Georg Kelling

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Georg Kelling (1866-1945)

Georg Kelling (7 July 1866 in Dresden – 14 February 1945) was a German internist and surgeon who was a laparoscopy pioneer and in 1901 performed the first laparoscopic surgery on a dog .[1]

He studied medicine at the Universities of Leipzig and Berlin. He earned his medical doctorate in 1890, and later worked as a physician at the city hospital in Dresden. In the 1890s, Kelling devised an esophagoscope [2]

Kelling specialized in gastrointestinal physiology and anatomy. He is credited with performing the first laparoscopic examination, a procedure he referred to as "celioscopy". In 1901 he performed the procedure on the abdomen of a dog using a Nitze-cystoscope. Prior to cystoscopic viewing of the abdomen, Kelling insufflated it with filtered air via a device known as a trocar. Insufflation was used to create a pneumoperitoneum in order to prevent intra-abdominal bleeding.

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  1. ^ General Surgery News
  2. ^ Litynski GS. "Laparoscopy--the early attempts: spotlighting Georg Kelling and Hans Christian Jacobaeus". JSLS. 1: 83–5. PMC 3015224. PMID 9876654.