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Dietrich Georg von Kieser (24 August 1779 - 11 October 1862) 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". Kieser was also a learned scholar of natural sciences.

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. He was an advocate of balneology, and beginning in 1813 was a physician at the therapeutic spas at Heilbad Berka.

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. With Adam von Eschenmayer (1768-1852) he published the 12-volume Archiv für den thierischen Magnetismus (Archive for Animal Magnetism). Also, a magnesium sulfate mineral known as kieserite is named after him.

Written works

  • Zeitschrift Archiv für den thierischen Magnetismus (Journal Archive for Animal Magnetism); (1817 ff)
  • Elemente der Physiatrik (Elements of the Physiatric); (1855)
  • Grundzüge der Anatomie der Pflanzen (General Outline of Plant Anatomy); (1815)
  • Grundzüge der Pathologie und Therapie des Menschen (General Outline of Pathology and Therapy of Humans); (1812)
  • Über die Emancipation des Verbrechers im Kerker (On the Emancipation of the Criminal in Prison); (1845)
  • Von den Leidenschaften und Affecten (1848)


  • This article is based on a translation of the equivalent article from the German Wikipedia.


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