Reinhold H. Wappler, MD
1870 - 1932
Reinhold H. Wappler was born in 1870 in Oranienbaum, Anhalt, Germany and immigrated in 1890 to New York and repaired instruments at an instrument company. A skilled designer and eventually maker of electrosurgical instruments, he pioneered high-frequency devices for medical use.
Until the early 1900s, Germany and Austria were the sole sources of the delicate optical instruments on which American urologists depended, and there were great difficulties and long delays with shipping instruments back and forth for repairs. A number of New York urologists sought out Reinhold Wappler to not only do the repairs of their European instruments, but also to create American instruments. Valentine, Guiteras, Buerger, McCarthy and Tilden Brown were just a few of those who convinced Wappler to begin his new company, initially the Wappler Electric Corporation, which