August Socin

Surgeon, Deceased Person

1837 – 1899

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Who was August Socin?

August Socin was a Swiss surgeon and educator born in the town of Vevey.

He earned his medical doctorate at the University of Würzburg, and subsequently became a hospital surgeon and professor of surgery in Basel. Socin also gained valuable surgical experience working in military hospitals at Verona and Karlsruhe.

Socin is credited with the development of surgical innovations, and was a specialist involving gastrointestinal and "radical hernia" operations. He was one of the first physicians in Europe to advocate the use of Joseph Lister’s antiseptic practices.

Socin placed great importance on the education of medical students, and advocated several reforms regarding the qualitative improvement of student training. In Basel, he founded an institute that handled the prosthetic needs of disabled war veterans.

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Born
Feb 21, 1837
Also known as
  • Dr. August Socin
Nationality
  • Switzerland
Profession
Education
  • University of Würzburg
Died
Jan 22, 1899
Basel

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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