In 1865 he earned his medical doctorate from the University of Vienna, and afterwards trained under Johann von Dumreicher (1815-1880) at the surgical hospital in Vienna. From 1867 to 1873 he was an assistant to Alfred Hegar (1830-1914) in Freiburg, and was later a professor of gynecology and obstetrics at the University of Giessen. In 1887 he became an OB/GYN professor at Halle, where he succeeded Robert Michaelis von Olshausen (1835-1915). Kaltenbach served in the military during the Austro-Prussian (on the Austrian side) and Franco-Prussian Wars.
Kaltenbach is remembered for his numerous medical publications, including a book on operative gynecology that he co-authored with Alfred Hegar. He is credited with introducing a gynecological graphic aid involving menstruation cycles called the Kaltenbachschema (Kaltenbach chart).
- Operative Gynäkologie (with Alfred Hegar) 1874 - Operative gynecology.
- Lehrbuch der Geburtshilfe, Stuttgart 1893 - Textbook of obstetrics.
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