The Start of Surgery
Department of Dermatology, Allgemeines Krankenhaus, Vienna, Austria
Photo courtesy of: Institute for the History of Medicine, Vienna University, Vienna, Austria
Dr. Albert (Abraham) Nussbaum,
originally from Brody
and grandfather of Andreas Inhofner, is shown with his left forearm on the patient.
At center front, in dark clothes, is Professor Isidor Neumann, Chief of Surgery.
Jews had attained full citizenship and religious rights in Galicia (after
1867-68), they rushed into the professions, especially law and medicine.
Albert Nussbaum was the son of Dr. Adolf Aron Nussbaum and Rivka Rosalie
Guttmann Nussbaum, both of whose graves can be found today in Brody's Jewish
cemetery. Both of Albert's parents seem to have come from distinguished
families. Rosalie's brother, Pinchas Guttmann was Director of a bank
in Brody. The young Albert grew up in Brody and attended gymnasium
(high school) there. Perhaps influenced by his physician father, Albert
also chose medicine, leaving Brody for studies in Vienna. In 1902,
while practicing at Abbazia, a health resort on the Adriatic, Dr. Albert
Nussbaum acquired as a patient the husband of Bertha von Suttner, who became
the first woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1905 for her work in
behalf of world peace. When Baron von Suttner died, Bertha von Suttner
and Dr. Albert Nussbaum developed a fast friendship that endured for many
years. Because of his relationship with Baroness von Suttner, whose
physician he also became, Dr. Nussbaum is mentioned in many von Suttner biographies.
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