Person NameAlbinus; Bernhard Siegfried (1697-1770); Professor; anatomist
HistoryAlbinus was born at Frankfurt (Oder), where his father, Bernhard Albinus (1653-1721), was professor of the practice of medicine. In 1702, when his father transferred to the chair of medicine at Leiden University, Bernhard Siegfried began his studies there in 1709, at the age of 12. His teachers included Boerhaave and Nikolaus Bidloo. After finishing his studies at Leiden he went to Paris, where he devoted himself especially to anatomy and botany. On the recommendation of Boerhaave, he was recalled to Leiden in 1719 to be a lecturer on anatomy and surgery. Two years later he succeeded his father in the professorship of these subjects, and became one of the most famous teachers of anatomy in Europe. In 1745 Albinus was appointed professor of the practice of medicine, being succeeded in the anatomical chair by his brother Frederick Bernhard (1715-1778), who, as well as another brother, Christian Bernhard (1700-1752), attained considerable distinction. Bernhard Siegfried, who was twice rector of his university, died at Leiden.

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