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Born in Austrian Silesia, Johann Nepomuk Rust (1775-1840) received his medical degree in Prague, Czech Republic, in 1799, thereafter serving as professor of surgery in Cracow, Poland (1803-1809), and finally as chief surgeon at the Allgemeines Krankenhaus in Vienna, Austria (1810-1815). Although a respected teacher of ophthalmic and general surgery, Rust was most capable as a hospital administrator. His publications include surgical handbooks and a treatise on Egyptian ophthalmia published in 1820.
Johann Nepomuk Rust. Arch Ophthalmol. 2008;126(8):1099. doi:10.1001/archopht.126.8.1099
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