Emil Theodor Kocher: An innovator surgeon

María Liliana Franco, Natalia Acosta, Lilian Chuaire

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Emil Theodor Kocher is considered along with Frank Lahey, Theodor Billroth, William Halsted, Charles Mayo, George Crile and Thomas Dunhill as one of the «Magnificent Seven», referring to the group of surgeons who managed thyroidectomy to make it a safe and efficient intervention that it is now practiced throughout the world. He was author of numerous contributions towards medicine. One of his most important contributions was to elucidate the function of the thyroid gland, through the observation and study of thyroidectomyzed patients, for which he was recognized by the academic and scientific community during the early twentieth century. © 2009 Universidad del Valle, Facultad de Salud.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-234
Number of pages4
JournalColombia Medica
StatePublished - Aug 17 2009


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