Emil Theodor Kocher was born in Bern, Switzerland back in 1841 to Jakob and Barbara. The family moved to Burgdorf, he moved back to Bern where he went to middle and high school. He started his studies in 1858 at the University of Bern. He obtained his doctorate in 1865. At 30 you could find him as a professor at the University of Bern.
He served in that capacity for 45 years. During his tenure he published 249 scholarly articles and books, trained numerous medical doctors, treated thousands of patients. His success was due to many things, but we’ll cover a few. He was insistent on the implementation of antiseptic wound treatment, the monitoring of the anesthesia and the small amount of blood loss. On 23 July 1917, he was called to the hospital for an emergency, he felt unwell and went to bed after the surgery, falling unconscious he died 4 days later.
What you may not know about Dr. Kocher is that he was the first Swiss citizen and first surgeon to ever receive a Nobel Prize.
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