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In the death of Professor Bernhard von Langenbeck the surgical world has sustained a most severe loss, and thousands of his pupils, in every land, will deplore the stroke that has removed one of the greatest surgeons of all time. And his pupils, those whom he has taught, are not only those who have learned from his lips, but every surgeon may justly claim to have been taught by him. In the words of a well-known German surgeon "Langenbeck was one of the first surgeons of the new era, genial and inventive, a masterly operator, a fine therapeutist, beyond comparison in personal experience, of inexhaustible perseverance." He devised many new operations and improved many old methods of operating, and his contributions to conservative surgery by the use of resections, subcutaneous osteotomies, osteoplastic operations and tenotomies are alone sufficient to have given him a lasting reputation.
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THE DEATH OF VON LANGENBECK. JAMA. 1887;IX(18):561–562. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400170017005
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