Werner Forssmann

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Forssmann, Werner


Born Aug. 29, 1904, in Berlin. German surgeon and urologist.

Forssmann graduated from the medical faculty of the Friedrich-Wilhelm University in Berlin in 1928. In 1956 he became a professor of surgery and urology at the Johann-Gutenberg University in Mainz. From 1964 to 1970 he was an honorary professor at the Medical Academy in Düsseldorf and a professor at the University of Düsseldorf.

In 1929, Forssmann developed a method for the catheterization of the heart, which he tested on himself by passing a tube into his right atrium through a cubital vein. Two years later he used this method in angiocardiography. In 1956, Forssmann shared a Nobel Prize with A. Cournand and D. Richards.


“Die Sondierung des rechten Herzens.” Klinische Wochenschrift, 1929, vol. 8, no. 45.


Knipping, H. and W. Bolt. “Glückwunsch für W. Forssmann.” Medizinische Klinik, 1956, vol. 51, no. 49.
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