Dietrich Georg von Kieser

Dietrich Georg von Kieser

Dietrich Georg von Kieser (24 August 1779 – 11 October 1862)[1] was a German physician born in Harburg.

He studied medicine at the Universities of Würzburg and Göttingen, receiving his doctorate from the latter institution in 1804. For most of his career he was a professor at the University of Jena, where from 1824 to 1862 he served as a "full professor".[2]

He was an advocate of balneology, and beginning in 1813 was a physician at the therapeutic spas at Heilbad Berka/Ilm. While working as a professor at the University of Jena, Kieser operated a private ophthalmology clinic from 1831 to 1847, and from 1847 until 1858 he was director of the Grand Ducal Mental Hospital.

With Adam von Eschenmayer (1768–1852), he published the 12-volume "Archiv für den thierischen Magnetismus" (Archive for animal magnetism). Kieser was politically active throughout his career; in October-1817 with historian Heinrich Luden and philosophers Lorenz Oken and Jakob Friedrich Fries, he partook in the historic Wartburg Festival. He died in Jena.

A magnesium sulfate mineral known as kieserite is named after him.

Written works

This was the first textbook illustrated with photographs.[3]


  1. Heather Wolffram (2009). The Stepchildren of Science: Psychical Research and Parapsychology in Germany, Ic/I. 1870-1939. Rodopi. pp. 49–. ISBN 978-90-420-2728-2. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
  2. Sander L. Gilman (1995). Freud, Race, and Gender. Princeton University Press. pp. 132–. ISBN 978-0-691-02586-5. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
  3. Suren Lalvani (1996). Photography, Vision, and the Production of Modern Bodies. SUNY Press. pp. 129–. ISBN 978-1-4384-0993-1. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
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