Christian Albert Theodore Billroth
1829 - 1894
Christian Albert Theodore Billroth was born on April 26, 1829 in Prussia. He introduced a pattern for surgical operations of the stomach, biliary tract and female genitalia and is now considered the founder of modern abdominal surgery. Many of his methods are still used today.
During his first semester in medical school in Greifswald, he studied natural sciences. Billroth received his doctorate in 1852, and passed the state medical exam that winter. He then went to work in the ophthalmological clinic of Albrecht von Graefe.
Early in his medical career, Billroth published works relating to pathology of cystoid tumors in the testis, blood-vessel development, comparative anatomy of the spleen and pathological histology.