Acta Med. 2004, 47: 141-145

Karl Rokitansky: His Bohemian Years and His Relationship with Jan Evangelista Purkyně

Ivo Šteiner

Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Králové, The Fingerland Department of Pathology, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic

Received February 1, 2004
Accepted March 1, 2004

Karl Rokitansky was born on 19th February 1804 in the historic Czech town of Hradec Králové (Königgrätz). During 1821–1824 he studied for 3 years at the medical faculty of Prague University. In the archives of Charles University there is a record of Rokitansky’s performance during these three years. At the university he met J. E. Purkyně who was teaching anatomy at that time. Relationship between the two world – renowned medical scientists of Czech origin is discussed.


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