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Theodor Kocher

Theodor KocherAKA Emil Theodor Kocher

Born: 25-Aug-1841
Birthplace: Berne, Switzerland
Died: 27-Jul-1917
Location of death: Berne, Switzerland
Cause of death: Kidney failure

Gender: Male
Religion: Protestant
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Doctor

Nationality: Switzerland
Executive summary: Thyroid surgeon

Dr Kocher pioneered goiter operations, hernia and abdominal surgeries, excision of gall stones, and improved treatment for dislocated shoulders and gunshot wounds. He was one of the first surgeons to adopt the antiseptic recommendations of Joseph Lister, and as a result, the overwhelming majority of Kocher's patients survived surgery. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1909, for his work on the physiology, pathology and surgery of the thyroid gland.

Father: Jakob Alexander Kocher (engineer, b. 1814, d. 1893)
Mother: Maria Wermuth (b. 1820, d. 1900)
Wife: Marie Witchi Kocher (b. 1851, d. 1921, three sons)
Son: Albert Kocher (surgeon, b. 1872, d. 1941)

    Medical School: University of Berne (1865)
    Teacher: Surgery, University Surgical Clinic, Berne (1866-72)
    Professor: Surgery, University Surgical Clinic, Berne (1872-1917)

    Nobel Prize for Medicine 1909
    Swiss Ancestry

Author of books:
Chirurgische Operationslehre (1892, surgery)

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