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Bohn, Johannes

1. Dates
Born: Leipzig, Germany 20 July 1640
Died: Leipzig, Germany 19 Dec 1718
Dateinfo: Dates Certain
Lifespan: 78
2. Father
Occupation: Merchant
3. Nationality
Birth: German
Career: German
Death: German
4. Education
Schooling: Jena, Leipzig, M.D.
I assume B.A. or equivalent.
Studied medicine at Jena and Leipzig.
ca. 1665, received doctorate from medical school of Leipzig.
5. Religion
Affiliation: Lutheran
6. Scientific Disciplines
Primary: Physiology (Some Iatrochemical Theories)
Subordinate: Medicine
7. Means of Support
Primary: Academia, Government, Medicine
Son of a wealthy merchant family.
1668, named professor of anatomy and surgery at Leipzig.
1690, became municipal physician.
1691, appointed professor of practical medicine.
1699-death: honorary dean perpetual of medical faculty.
I assume a medical practice in keeping with universal custom.
8. Patronage
Type: Unknown
No professorship without it.
9. Technological Involvement
Types: None
Founder of forensic medicine, esp forensic autopsy.
No medical practice mentioned, but it must have existed.
10. Scientific Societies
Memberships: None
Informal: friend of Malpighi; dedicated a book to him.
Formal: published in Acta Eruditorum.
  1. Rothshuh (DSB) says there is no biography of Bohn.
  2. Limited additional information is in: A. von Haller, Bibliotheca Anatomica, 1, (1774), 497-9 U. Hirsch, in Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie, 3, (Leipzig, 1876), 81-99 -- nothing new.
  3. Max Salomon, Biographische Lexikon des Hervorragended Aerzte Aller Zeiten und Laender, 2nd ed.,1, I (Berlin-Vienna, 1929), 606-7.
Not Available and Not Consulted
  1. A. von Haller, Bibliotheca Medicinae Practicae, 4 vols., 3, (Basel, 1778), 87-88. M. Neuburger, "Deutsche Experimental-physiologen des 17.
  2. Jahrhunderts," Deutsche medizinische Wochenschrift, 23 (1897), 483 - 486.
  3. J. C. Rosenmueller, De viris quibusdam in Academia Lipsiensi anatomes peritia in clavuerunt, 3 (1816), 7-9.
Compiled by:
Richard S. Westfall
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Indiana University

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