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WOLFGANG HOEFER 1614-1681

WOLFGANG HOEFER 1614-1681 Little is known about Wolfgang Hoefer, but he is given a page in pediatric history on account of his description of cretinism, probably the first extended account of that condition. His father was a professor of medicine. Wolfgang was born in Freising in upper Bavaria. He studied medicine at Ingolstadt, and, after traveling in Italy and France, settled there. Like many of the physicians of his time he practiced in various places, in Straubing, in Linz, at Raab in Hungary, and finally in Vienna, where he was made K. K. Hofrath. His one book, entitled "Hercules medicus, sive locorum communium, tomus unicus," was published in Vienna in 1657, and reprinted there in 1664 and also at Nuremberg in 1665 and 1675. The cretin, when he has a goiter, as in those described by Hoefer, reminds one, as Osler once remarked, of the description in Shakespeare's "Tempest." "Mountaineers Dew-lapp'd like bulls, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American journal of diseases of children American Medical Association

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American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1929 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0096-8994
eISSN
1538-3628
DOI
10.1001/archpedi.1929.01930100154018
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Abstract

Little is known about Wolfgang Hoefer, but he is given a page in pediatric history on account of his description of cretinism, probably the first extended account of that condition. His father was a professor of medicine. Wolfgang was born in Freising in upper Bavaria. He studied medicine at Ingolstadt, and, after traveling in Italy and France, settled there. Like many of the physicians of his time he practiced in various places, in Straubing, in Linz, at Raab in Hungary, and finally in Vienna, where he was made K. K. Hofrath. His one book, entitled "Hercules medicus, sive locorum communium, tomus unicus," was published in Vienna in 1657, and reprinted there in 1664 and also at Nuremberg in 1665 and 1675. The cretin, when he has a goiter, as in those described by Hoefer, reminds one, as Osler once remarked, of the description in Shakespeare's "Tempest." "Mountaineers Dew-lapp'd like bulls,

Journal

American journal of diseases of childrenAmerican Medical Association

Published: Oct 1, 1929

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