Franz König

Surgeon, Deceased Person

1832 – 1910


Who was Franz König?

Franz König was a German surgeon. He was born in Rotenburg an der Fulda and died in Grunewald near Berlin.

In 1855 he received his doctorate from the University of Marburg, and was later district wound surgeon in Hanau. Afterwards he was a professor of surgery at the Universities of Rostock and Göttingen, and eventually the Charité Berlin.

König is largely remembered for his work in bone and joint surgery. He was the first physician to identify the relationship between hemophilia and hemophilic arthropathy, as well as the first surgeon to perform a successful internal fixation of proximal femur fractures. In 1887, Franz König published a paper on the cause of loose bodies in the joint. In his paper, König concluded:

That trauma had to be very severe to break off parts of the joint surface.

That lesser degrees of trauma might contuse the bone to cause an area of necrosis which might then separate.

That in some cases, the absence of trauma worth mentioning made it likely that there existed some spontaneous cause of separation.


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Feb 10, 1832
Rotenburg an der Fulda
Also known as
  • Кёниг, Франц
  • Germany
  • University of Marburg
Dec 12, 1910

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