Paul Silex

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Paul Silex (1858-1929)

Paul Silex (20 March 1858, Gorgast – 20 January 1929, Berlin) was a German ophthalmologist. He is known for contributions made involving war-related blindness.

He studied medicine at the Universities of Halle, Berlin and Breslau, obtaining his doctorate in 1883. Afterwards he served as an assistant to ophthalmologist Ludwig Laqueur (1839-1909) in Strasbourg, followed by several years (1884-1897) as an assistant to Karl Ernst Theodor Schweigger (1830-1905) in Berlin.

He received his habilitation in 1890, becoming an associate professor in 1897.[1] In Berlin he opened a private clinic at St. Maria Victoria-Krankenhaus.[2]

Associated eponym[edit]

Selected writings[edit]

  • Compendium der Augenheilkunde, 1899 - Compendium of ophthalmology; (published over several editions).
  • Über das Sehvermögen der Eisenbahnbeamten, 1894 - On the vision of railway officials.[4]
  • Neue Wege in der Kriegsblindenfürsorge, 1916 - New approaches to war-blind welfare.[5]


  1. ^ Geschichte der Augenheilkunde, Volume 8 by Julius Hirschberg (short biography, lengthy list of publications
  2. ^ Augenheilkunde und Ophthalmoskopie by Schmidt-Rimpler, Hermann
  3. ^ The journal of the Kansas Medical Society, Volume 18 by Kansas Medical Society
  4. ^ [1] Pagel: Biographisches Lexikon hervorragender Ärzte des neunzehnten Jahrhunderts. Berlin, Wien 1901, Sp. 1595.
  5. ^ (bibliography)