Heinrich August Wrisberg

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Heinrich Wrisberg
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Heinrich August Wrisberg (1739-1808)
Born 20 June 1739
Sankt Andreasberg, Duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Died 29 March 1808 (aged 68)
Göttingen, Kingdom of Westphalia
Residence Germany
Nationality German
Fields Anatomist and gynaecologist
Institutions University of Göttingen
Alma mater University of Göttingen
Doctoral students Justus Christian Loder
Other notable students Christoph Wilhelm Hufeland
Known for Wrisberg cartilages
Wrisberg ganglion
Influences Georg Gottlob Richter

Heinrich August Wrisberg (20 June 1739 – 29 March 1808) was an anatomist. He also published under the Latinized version of his name as Henricus Augustus Wrisberg.


He obtained his MD in 1763 at the University of Göttingen with a thesis entitled: De Respiratione Prima Nervo Phrenico Et Calore Animali: Pavca Disserit Et Simvl Vicarias Anatomiam Profitendi Operas Ad Diem XXIV. Octobris Aperiendas Indicit.


He was a professor of medicine and obstetrics. Wrisberg studied the sympathetic nervous system and described the Wrisberg ganglion of the cardiac plexus. He also wrote a text on hernias.

The cuneiform cartilages are sometimes called the "Wrisberg cartilages".[1]

There are two nerves known as the nerve of Wrisberg.


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