Wilhelm Fabry (1560-1634) was a German neurosurgeon.
Guilielmus Fabricius Hildanus is considered the founder of scientific German surgery.
In Observationum et curationum chirurgicarum centuriæ first published in 1606, he outlines new surgical techniques and surgical instruments for the novel treatment of amputations; nasal polyps; bladder stones; cancer of the breast; hydrocele; hernia; and ascites…to name but a few
- Born 25 June 1560
- Died 15 February 1634
Key Medical Attributions
- 1606 – One of the earliest descriptions of neurofibroma of von Recklinghausen disease quoted in Observationum et curationum chirurgicarum centuriæ Observatio 26: 105
- 1608 – First description of talus fracture. Report quoted in Opera quae extant omnia (1646). Observatio. 67: 140.
- 1627 – Description of pyloric stenosis and management, he wrote:
...a small, wasted, six months child, the eldest son of Henry Otho, Esq. This child’s stomach had been, for days, crammed by the nurse or mother with a thick and viscid pultraceous feed…since he was vomiting up everything given by the mouth and was passing nothing through the lower passages, I prescribed one or two nutrient enemata for every day, made from broth to which was added the yolk of an egg and a small quantity of mixed sugars…now perfectly well. Not every obstruction, therefore, of the lower orifice of the stomach is to be considered incurableObservatio singularis de obstructione pylori XXXIV
- Wilhelm Fabricius von Hilden
- Fabricius von Hilden
- Fabricius Hildanus
- Guilielmus Fabricius Hildanus (Latinized name)
- Wilhelm Fabry or William Fabry
- Fabricius Hildanus. Guilielmi Fabricii Hildani Paterniacensis chirurgi ordinarii Observationum et curationum chirurgicarum centuriae in qua inclusae sunt viginti et quinque. (1606)
- Fabricii Hildani G. De combustionibus, quae oleo et aqua fervidâ ferro candente, pulvere tormentario, fulmine, & quavis alia materiâ ignitâ fiunt libellus 1607
- Fabrici Hildani G. De gangraena et sphacelo, tractatus methodicus : in quo horum morborum differentiae, causae, signa, prognostica, ac denique methodica curatio continentur. 1617
- Fabricius Hildanus. Opera observationum et curationum medico-chirurgicarum, quae exstant omnia 1641 [Talus fracture] [Neurofibromata]
- Fabricius Hildanus G. Experiments in surgery: concerning combustions or burnings made with gun powder, iron shot, hot-water, lightning, or any other fiery matter whatsoever: in which is excellently described the differences, signs, prognostication, and cures of all accidents and burning themselves: very necessary and useful for all gentlemen, and soldiers, as well of the trained bands, as others, especially upon sudden occasions. 1642 [John Steer; English translation of 1607 text]
- Schaefer RJ. Ausgewählte Observationes Wilhelm Fabry’s von Hilden (Fabricius Hildanus). Leipzig: Johann Ambrosius Barth. 1914
- Jones E. The life and works of Guilhelmus Fabricius Hildanus (1560–1634). Med Hist. 1960; 4: 112-34
- Jones E. The life and works of Guilhelmus Fabricius Hildanus (1560–1634) Part II. Med Hist. 1960; 4(3): 196–209
- Bakay L. Neurosurgeons of the past. Illinois. 1987:27–38
- Tubbs RS, Song YB, Loukas M, Shoja MM, Gadol AA. Wilhelm Fabricius von Hilden (Guilhelmus Fabricius Hildanus) 1560-1634: pioneer of early neurosurgery. Childs Nerv Syst. 2012 May;28(5):657-9
- Antweiler W. Wilhelm Fabry – Surgeon, Inventor, and Publicist. Wilhelm Fabry Museum. 2010
- Greenblatt SH. A history of neurosurgery: in its scientific andprofessional contexts. AANS 1997:202
- Laios K. Wilhelm Fabricius von Hilden (1560-1634): The Pioneer of German Surgery. Surg Innov. 2018 Jun;25(3):301-303.
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