Ludwig Georg Courvoisier

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Ludwig Georg Courvoisier
Born 8 April 1843
Died 10 November 1918(1918-11-10) (aged 75)
Nationality Switzerland
Fields surgery
Known for Courvoisier's law

Ludwig Georg Courvoisier (10 November 1843 – 8 April 1918) was a surgeon from Basel, Switzerland.[1] He was one of the first doctors to remove gallstones from the common bile duct.[2]

In 1890, Courvoisier published the book Casuistisch-statistische Beiträge zur Pathologie und Chirurgie der Gallenwege, a manual on biliary surgery in which he introduced the medical sign known as Courvoisier's law.[3]


Courvoisier was an entomologist most interested in the Lycaenidae.


  1. ^ Vilardell, Francisco. Digestive Endoscopy in the Second Millennium, Thieme, 2005, p. 239. ISBN 1-58890-420-2
  2. ^ Lee, H. S. J. Dates in Urology, Informa Health Care, 2000, p. 42. ISBN 1-85070-496-1
  3. ^ Fitzgerald, J Edward F; White Matthew J; Lobo Dileep N (Apr 2009). "Courvoisier's gallbladder: law or sign?". World journal of surgery (United States) 33 (4): 886–91. doi:10.1007/s00268-008-9908-y. ISSN 0364-2313. PMID 19190960. 

External links[edit]

  • Full text of Courvoisier's Casuistisch-statistische Beiträge zur Pathologie und Chirurgie der Gallenwege at Google Books.