Martin Kirschner’s Contributions to Surgery and Anesthesiology

Document Type: Biography


Human Anatomy Department, Universidad Central de Venezuela


Martin Kirschner (1879-1942), versatile German surgeon who had his scientific research and academic interests addressed topics which are covered by several specialities such as general surgery, orthopaedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology and plastic surgery. He also was the editor of five medical journals and autjor of 249 articles and eight textbooks. His greatest and lasting contribution is the Kirschner ‘s wire which is still in use for bone traction and for temporal or definitive osteosynthesis.