Hugo Wilhelm von Ziemssen

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Hugo (Wilhelm) von Ziemssen (13 December 1829 – 21 January 1902) was a German physician, born in Greifswald.

He studied medicine at the universities of Greifswald, Berlin, and Würzburg. In 1863 he was called to the University of Erlangen as a professor of pathology and therapy as well as the director of the medical clinic. In 1874 he relocated to Munich as a professor and director of the general hospital.[1]

He made advances in electrotherapeutics, conducted research on cold-water treatment for typhoid fever and lung inflammation, and became an authority on diseases of the larynx and esophagus.[1]

Gravesite of Hugo Ziemssen at Alter Südfriedhof in Munich


  • Ziemssen's motor points—the places of entrance of motor nerves into muscles: they are points of election in the therapeutical application of electricity to muscles.
  • Ziemssen's treatment—treatment of anemia by subcutaneous injections of defibrinated human blood.[2]

Published works[edit]

  • Pharmacopoea Clinici Erlangensis : kurze Anleitung zur Ordination der wichtigsten Arzneimittel ; mit besonderer Rücksicht auf die Armenpraxis ; für klinische Praktikanten und angehende Armenärzte zusammengestellt . Besold, Erlangen 2. Aufl. 1874 Digital edition by the University and State Library Düsseldorf

Among other works he published "Klinische Vorträge" (1887–1900). In collaboration with prominent specialists, he published:

  • "Handbuch der speciellen Pathologie und Therapie" (1874-1885, 28 volumes); translated into English and published as: "Cyclopaedia of the practice of medicine" (1874-81, 20 volumes);[3] third German edition (16 volumes, 1886-88).[4]
  • "Handbuch der allgemeinen Therapie" (four volumes, 1880–84); translated into English and published as: "Handbook of general therapeutics" (1885–87).[5]

From 1865 onwards, with Friedrich Albert von Zenker, he edited the journal "Deutsches Archiv für klinische Medizin".[1]


Wikisource-logo.svg This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainGilman, D. C.; Peck, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). "article name needed". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead. 

External links[edit]

  • Extensive bibliography of Ziemssen.