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April 17, 1967


JAMA. 1967;200(3):246-247. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120160112023

Kocher, whose name is associated with several notable surgical procedures, a surgical clamp, and the testicular-abdominal reflex, received the Nobel Prize in medicine for multiple contributions in his chosen field, but especially for the understanding of the physiology of the thyroid and the treatment of toxic and nontoxic goiter. He was born in Bern, Switzerland, received the MD degree at the University of Bern, and spent his professional days deep in the Swiss Alps. Intermittently he visited clinics in central Europe and Great Britain, including those of Langenbeck, Billroth, and Lister.1 Kocher was appointed professor in the university Surgical Clinic at the early age of 31 and held the post for 45 years. A capacity for grasping the significance of broad, general concepts and pursuing them in meticulous detail was matched by a gentle personality in the study and treatment of patients in the Surgical Clinic. Nor is it