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Friedrich Meggendorfer

Friedrich Meggendorfer

German psychiatrist and neurologist
Friedrich Meggendorfer
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Intro German psychiatrist and neurologist
Was Judge Psychiatrist Professor Educator Neurologist
From Germany
Type Academia Healthcare Law
Gender male
Birth 7 June 1880, Bad Aibling, Germany
Death 12 February 1953, Bamberg, Germany (aged 72 years)
Star sign Gemini
Politics Nazi Party
Children: Ida Valeton
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Friedrich Meggendorfer (June 7, 1880 – February 12, 1953) was a German psychiatrist and neurologist.


Born in Bad Aibling, Bavaria, he was intended to take over the local colonial goods store of his ancestors. He enjoyed an excellent international education aimed at preparing him for this role. However, his life's goal has always been to become a physician, and finally, he had persuaded his father to agree and to sponsor medical studies. During World War I he was stationed in Turkey as a medical assistant of the German imperial navy. There he learnt much about the Turkish culture and was able to translate ancient Arabic medical works into German language and the bible to Turkish, an effort that was lost later, when he narrowly escaped a sinking submarine.

Scientific Work

Meggendorfer was an assistant to Emil Kraepelin (1856–1926) in Munich and Max Nonne (1861-1959) in Hamburg, and later worked at the Friedrichsberg Psychiatric Hospital in Hamburg. From 1934 to 1945 he was a professor and director of the psychiatric department at Erlangen.

His scientific activities where very versatile ranging from moral insanity and dementia to epilepsy, progressive paralysis and Huntington's disease. Additionally, he was a recognized expert in forensic psychiatry.

Meggendorfer was a pioneer in electroconvulsive therapy and introduced this treatment method in Germany in 1939.

Secondary psychosis was an additional focus of his scientific work. As early as 1916 he described neurologic and psychiatric sequelae of pituitary neoplasms.

In 1930 he provided an early description of familial Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease in the "Backer family" of northern Germany. The case had already been reported in 1924 by Kirschbaum, but it was Meggendorfer who showed that the subject described by Kirschbaum was a member of a large kindred.

Selected publications

  • Gerichtliche Psychiatrie (Judicial Psychiatry), Carl Heymanns Verlag, Berlin 1931. DNB ID 58068489X
  • Elektrokrampfbehandlung der Psychosen. In: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift. 66, 1940, S. 1155–1157. doi:10.1055/s-0028-1122348
  • Allgemeine und spezielle Therapie der Geistes- und Nervenkrankheiten (General and Special Treatment of Mental and Neurological Health), Wissenschaftliche Verlagsgesellschaft, Stuttgart 1950, DNB ID 453283039
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