Emil Theodor Kocher: the first Swiss neurosurgeon

  title={Emil Theodor Kocher: the first Swiss neurosurgeon},
  author={Gerhard C Hildebrandt and Werner Surbeck and Martin Nikolaus Stienen},
  journal={Acta Neurochirurgica},
BackgroundEmil Theodor Kocher (1841–1917) was elected as head of the university clinic for surgery in Berne, Switzerland at the age of 31 years. During the 45 years of his professorship he became one of the outstanding surgeons of Europe by using surgical techniques based predominately on physiological and biological ideas. The aim of this article was to highlight his neurosurgical achievements published in the German language.MethodsThe illustrations of Kocher’s works in the field of… 

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