Emil Theodor Kocher

Physician

1841 – 1917

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Who was Emil Theodor Kocher?

Emil Theodor Kocher was a Swiss physician and medical researcher who received the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work in the physiology, pathology and surgery of the thyroid. Among his many accomplishments are the introduction and promotion of aseptic surgery and scientific methods in surgery, specifically reducing the mortality of thyroidectomies below 1% in his operations.

He was the first Swiss citizen and the first surgeon to ever receive a Nobel prize. He was considered a pioneer and leader in the field of surgery in his time.

Kocher's forceps, a surgical instrument with serrated blades and interlocking teeth at the tips used to control bleeding in surgery, is named after him.

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Born
Aug 25, 1841
Bern
Also known as
  • Dr. Emil Theodor Kocher
Nationality
  • Switzerland
Profession
Education
  • University of Berne
Died
Jul 27, 1917
Bern

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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