Louis Stromeyer

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Louis Stromeyer

Georg Friedrich Louis Stromeyer (6 March 1804 – 15 June 1876) was a German surgeon. He was born and died in Hanover. He was the son of surgeon Christian Friedrich Stromeyer (1761–1824).[1]


From 1823 he studied medicine at the University of Göttingen, receiving his doctorate in Berlin in 1826. In Göttingen he joined the German student Corps Hannovera. After graduation he undertook scientific travels throughout Europe, returning to Hanover in 1828, where he taught classes at the surgical school and founded an orthopedic institute. From 1838 to 1840 he was a professor of surgery at the University of Erlangen, followed by professorships at Munich (1841–42), Freiburg (1842–48) and Kiel.[1]

During his career he was Surgeon General of the Schleswig-Holstein and Hanoverian armies.[1] During the Franco-Prussian War he served as Consultierender Generalarzt at the Battle of Sedan.[2]

Stromeyer monument in Hanover's city center

Stromeyer was a pioneer in orthopedics and orthopedic surgery. In 1831 he performed the first subcutaneous tenotomy (tendon surgery) of the Achilles tendon on a deformed foot. He introduced tenotomic surgery to England through a friend, English surgeon William John Little (1810–1894). Stromeyer performed the operation on Dr. Little in order to correct a clubfoot condition.[1] Stromeyer was also a practitioner of maxillofacial surgery, being remembered for the eponymous "Stromeyer hook", a device used for zygomatic arch fractures.[3]


  • Beiträge zur operativen Orthopädik; oder, Erfahrungen über die subcutane Durchschneidung verkürzter Muskeln und deren Sehnen, 1838.
  • Handbuch der Chirurgie, 1844.
  • Maximen der Kriegsheilkunst, 1855.
  • "Gunshot fractures"; (published in English); Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1862.
  • Erinnerungen eines deutschen Arztes, two volumes, 1875, ISBN 3-540-07659-X


  1. ^ a b c d aerzteblatt.de Georg Friedrich Louis Stromeyer (translated biography)
  2. ^ [1] translated biography @ Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie
  3. ^ The Stromeyer hook. Life and work of the man behind the eponym Mund Kiefer Gesichtschir. 1999 Sep;3(5):270-4