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November 10, 1969

Friedrich Loeffler (1852-1915) Klebs—Loeffler Bacillus

JAMA. 1969;210(6):1096-1097. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03160320078023
Abstract

Friedrich August Johannes Loeffler was born at Frankfurt-am-Oder. While associated with the universities of Greifswald and Berlin, he became one of the outstanding investigators of microorganisms and immunology in the great days of these disciplines in central Europe.1 His initial exposure to medicine and military service came through his father, who, as a senior army surgeon, reached the rank of general with the title of professor at the Kaiser Wilhelm Academy for Military Medicine in Berlin. Friedrich's early education was gained at Marburg and the Royal French College in Berlin and was followed by the study of medicine at Würzburg. Completion of his training was interrupted by the Franco-Prussian War in which he served as a hospital assistant. The MD degree was granted in 1874 by the Kaiser Wilhelm Academy. The following year Loeffler was stationed in Hanover and later in Potsdam, where he practiced medicine while functioning as

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