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ABRAHAMSON (ABRAMSON), MEYER:

A German physician and writer on medicine; born at Hamburg, 1764; died there October 21, 1817. He graduated from the University of Göttingen in 1783 and began practise in his native city, where his father had also been a medical practitioner. Shortly afterward he was appointed physician to the Jewish Hospital in the city of Hamburg and to the poor of that city. In 1784 he began his literary career and became a prolific and popular writer on medical subjects. Most of his essays were published in "Richter's Chirurgische Bibliothek," "Baldinger's Magazin," "Meckel's Neues Archiv der Practischen Heilkunde," and "Hufeland's Journal." In book form he published: "Abhandlungen und Beobachtungen über Einige Krankheiten der Augen" (1785); "Unterricht für Diejenigen, die mit Leibesbrüchen Behaftet Sind" (1786); "Einige Worte an das Publikum über die Wichtigkeit der Kuhpocken-Impfung" (1801); "Hämorrhoiden" (third ed., 1815; translated into Swedish, 1807); "Gicht" (1815; second ed., 1816); "Der Arzt für Hypochondrische und Hysterische Frauenzimmer" (1817). Of a more scientific character is his treatise, "Untersuchungen über die Grosse Sterblichkeit unter Schwangeren, Wöchnerinnen und Neugeborenen Kindern" (1806). Abrahamson was a member of several scientific societies of Germany and Sweden.

Bibliography:
  • Schröder and Klose, Hamburger Schriftsteller, v. 233;
  • La Grande Encyclopédic, s. v.
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