Paul Leopold Friedrich
1864 – 1916
Who was Paul Leopold Friedrich?
In 1888 he received his doctorate at the University of Leipzig, and as a young assistant worked under Robert Koch at the Reich Health Office in Berlin. From 1894 he worked as a privat-docent of surgery in Leipzig, where in 1896 he became an associate professor. Later he served as a professor at the Universities of Greifswald, Marburg and Königsberg. At Greifswald he succeeded August Bier as director of the Surgical University Hospital. Two of Friedrich's well-known assistants were Ferdinand Sauerbruch and Martin Kirschner.
Friedrich was skilled in many aspects of surgery, including pioneer work in the field of thoracic surgery. He is remembered for his studies of wound treatment and his efforts to reduce bacterial infections. Through experimentation, he demonstrated the importance of debridement within a six-hour time limit. He also did extensive work involving diseases that included peritonitis and tuberculosis. He is credited for introducing the practice of using seamless rubber gloves during surgery.
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