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Emil Theodor Kocher Physician

Emil Theodor Kocher Physician

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1909

Physician, Surgeon. Award: “Thyroid physiology, pathology, surgery.” Lister’s principles. Relatively bloodless surgical field. “Kocher incision”. Recurrent laryngeal nerve damage: hoarseness; tetany, hypoparathyroidism. Myxedema: thyroid transplantation, tissue extracts injection, oral therapy.

Brain: damage, increased intra-cranial pressure, trepanation. Abdominal surgery. “Kocher mobilization”. Orthopedics: hereditary malformations, fracture. Hernia. Incision selection. Epilepsy. Osteomyelitis. Statistics.

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Theodor Kocher, three years after he was awarded the Nobel Prize, donated his Noble Prize money to the university to establish a research institute in biology. He donated 200,000 Swiss francs. The institute bearing his name, Theodor Kocher Institute (TKI) is in Berne, Switzerland.

“The Theodor Kocher Institute is organized in individual research groups closely collaborating with each other. With its technical platforms in live cell imaging using in vitro time lapse videomicroscopy, intravital epifluorescence microscopy and 2-photon microscopy the TKI is part of the Microscopy Imaging Center at the University of Bern.

“Britta Engelhardt is a member of the Bern Immunology Club (BIC).

“Teaching activities of the senior researchers at the institute include lectures, seminars and practical classes for students enrolling in the following programs: Master of Biomedical Sciences, Masters in Molecular Life Sciences Program and within the interfaculty Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences. Members of the institute are also participating in Problem Based Learning for medical students.” - Theodor Kocher Institute.

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Name: Emil Theodor Kocher Physician
Birth: 25 August 1841, Berne, Switzerland
Death: 27 July 1917, Berne, Switzerland
Residence: Berne University, Berne, Switzerland
Award: "for his work on the physiology, pathology and surgery of the thyroid gland."
Portion of Cash: 1/1
Education: Doctorate, 1865.
Surgery teachers: Demme, Lucke, Billroth, Langenbeck.
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