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Eckstein, Ferenc


(of Ehrenberg)

(B. 28th March, 1769, Alsókubin – D. 7th November, 1833, Pest)

Dean: 1805/06 -1806/07

Ferenc Eckstein pursued his medical studies at the University in Pest, receiving his degree in surgery and obstetrics on 27th October and 26th November, 1795 and his degree in medicine on 1st August, 1797, respectively. He was assistant lecturer of György Stáhly between 1793 and 1797. In 1797, he worked as health officer of Kőszeg, and soon thereafter became the military surgeon in the rebel army of the noblemen (1797, 1800). From 1799, he worked as a senior lecturer to the professor of surgery and obstetrics. From 1802/03 he delivered lectures on both areas as a locum professor, and from 1803, he was appointed professor ordinarius of practical surgery until 1826/27. Between 1802 and 1804, he was the deputy head of the ophthalmology hospital and of the National Ophthalmological Office. In 1805 and 1809 he was head physician of the rebel army of the noblemen.

He authored several entries for the Encyclop. Wörterbuch der medizinischen Wissenschaft, Berlin. He became dean of the university in 1805/06 and 1806/07, and served as rector in 1813/14. He received the highest honours for his scientific achievement. Eckstein was raised to nobility in 1812 and was appointed judge of the Court of Appeal of Pest and Somogy counties. He became Knight of the Leopold Order and counsellor of the Emperor and King in 1825.

(Major works: Casus chirurgici tres, in publicum artis suae specimen descripti. Pesthini, 1803.; Relatio officiosa generalis de nosocomiis pro nobili insurgente militia hungarica anno 1809. erectis et administratis. Budae, 1810.; Tabellarische Darstellung der gebräuchlichsten chirurgischen Instrumente, Binden und Maschinen älterer und neuerer Zeit, zum Behufe der Wundarznei beflissenen. Budae, 1822.; Vorlesungen über die Wundarzneikunst has come down in manuscript form in the copy of Pál Almási Balogh. Pest, 1819–20.)