Emil Theodor Kocher

1841 - 1917

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Emil Theodor Kocher (25 August 1841 – 27 July 1917) was a Swiss physician and medical researcher who received the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work in the physiology, pathology and surgery of the thyroid. Among his many accomplishments are the introduction and promotion of aseptic surgery and scientific methods in surgery, specifically reducing the mortality of thyroidectomies below 1% in his operations. He was the first Swiss citizen and first surgeon to ever receive a Nobel Prize in Medicine. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Emil Theodor Kocher has received more than 220,464 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 59 in 2019). Emil Theodor Kocher is the 58th most popular physician (up from 62nd in 2019), the 45th most popular biography from Switzerland (down from 38th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Swiss Physician.

Emil Theodor Kocher was a Swiss surgeon who is most famous for his discovery of the bacterial cause of peptic ulcers.

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Among physicians, Emil Theodor Kocher ranks 58 out of 726Before him are Herbert Spencer Gasser, Robert Bellarmine, René Laennec, Djer, Philippe Pinel, and Gerhard Domagk. After him are Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Karl Brandt, Hans Asperger, William P. Murphy, Johannes Fibiger, and Francesco Redi.

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Among people born in 1841, Emil Theodor Kocher ranks 12Before him are Georges Clemenceau, Otto Wagner, Itō Hirobumi, Henry Morton Stanley, Frédéric Bazille, and Henri Fayol. After him are Félix Faure, Nicholas I of Montenegro, Maria Sophie of Bavaria, Armand Fallières, Emmanuel Chabrier, and Armand Guillaumin. Among people deceased in 1917, Emil Theodor Kocher ranks 12Before him are Mata Hari, Eduard Buchner, Ferdinand von Zeppelin, Emil von Behring, Adolf von Baeyer, and Edward Burnett Tylor. After him are Buffalo Bill, John William Waterhouse, Dragutin Dimitrijević, Franz Brentano, Scott Joplin, and Ludwig Minkus.

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In Switzerland

Among people born in Switzerland, Emil Theodor Kocher ranks 45 out of 1,015Before him are Franz Mesmer (1734), Eugen Bleuler (1857), Jacob Bernoulli (1654), Angelica Kauffman (1741), Felix Bloch (1905), and Albert II, Duke of Austria (1298). After him are Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (1926), Benjamin Constant (1767), Auguste Piccard (1884), Johannes Itten (1888), Robert Walser (1878), and Hans Albert Einstein (1904).

Among PHYSICIANS In Switzerland

Among physicians born in Switzerland, Emil Theodor Kocher ranks 4Before him are Paracelsus (1493), Franz Mesmer (1734), and Eugen Bleuler (1857). After him are Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (1926), Walter Rudolf Hess (1881), Alexandre Yersin (1863), Friedrich Miescher (1844), Albrecht von Haller (1708), Rolf M. Zinkernagel (1944), Johann Jakob Scheuchzer (1672), and Maximilian Bircher-Benner (1867).