Emil Theodor Kocher—Valve surgery for epilepsy
Version of Record online: 11 SEP 2012
Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2012 International League Against Epilepsy
Volume 53, Issue 12, pages 2099–2103, December 2012
How to Cite
Surbeck, W., Stienen, M. N. and Hildebrandt, G. (2012), Emil Theodor Kocher—Valve surgery for epilepsy. Epilepsia, 53: 2099–2103. doi: 10.1111/j.1528-1167.2012.03663.x
- Issue online: 3 DEC 2012
- Version of Record online: 11 SEP 2012
- Accepted July 29, 2012; Early View publication September 11, 2012.
- Emil Theodor Kocher;
- Valve surgery
Emil Theodor Kocher (1841–1917) was a pioneering and versatile Swiss surgeon who played a decisive role in the surgical evolution on the threshold to the 20th century. Apart from conducting intense research and fostering the development of the surgical treatment of thyroid gland diseases (honored with a Nobel Prize in 1909), he remained a generalist and was active in orthopedic, genitourinary, and neurologic surgery. Even today, many surgical techniques and instruments are still named after him, thus providing evidence of his great impact. His neurosurgical ambitions included, in particular, cerebral and spinal trauma, the pathophysiology of elevated intracranial pressure, as well as etiological considerations and the operative treatment of epilepsy. This article aims to shed light on Kocher’s work on epilepsy, published exclusively in German, and illustrates the development of his idea on valve surgery for recurrent general convulsions.