O. E. H. Wucherer

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Otto Wucherer (1820–1873)

Otto Edward Henry Wucherer (7 July 1820 – 7 May 1873) was a Brazilian physician and naturalist, born to a Dutch mother and German father.

He was born in Oporto, later moving to Hamburg, where he worked in a pharmacy. He studied medicine at the University of Tübingen, receiving his doctorate in 1841 as a pupil of Ferdinand Gottlieb von Gmelin.[1] He later practiced in London at St Bartholomew's Hospital and in Lisbon. In 1843 he relocated to Brazil, eventually settling as a doctor in Salvador, Bahia, where he lived until 1871.[2]

He discovered the filaria larvae in Bahia. His name is associated with the roundworm genus Wuchereria, and he is commemorated in the scientific names of two species of reptiles, Elapomorphus wuchereri and Leposternon wuchereri.[3] He described the snake species Atractus guentheri and Xenopholis scalaris.[4]

He was co-founder of the journal Gazeta Médica da Bahia.[2]


  1. ^ Universitätsklinikum Tübingen
  2. ^ a b Historical and Biographical Dictionary of the Health Sciences in Brazil (1832-1930).
  3. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. ("Wucherer", p. 290).
  4. ^ NeglectedScience (biographical information).

Further reading[edit]

  • Firkin BG, Whitworth JA (1987). Dictionary of Medical Eponyms. Parthenon Publishing. ISBN 1-85070-333-7.