Moriz Heider

Intro Austrian dentist
Was Dentist
From Austria
Type Healthcare
Gender male
Birth 1816, Vienna, Austria
Death 1866, Vienna, Austria (aged 50 years)

Moriz Heider (June 21, 1816, Vienna – July 29, 1866, Vienna) was an Austrian dentist born in Vienna. He studied medicine in Vienna, where he was an assistant to Georg Carabelli (1787-1842). In 1858 he became an associate professor at the University of Vienna. Heider was a pioneer of modern dentistry, being remembered for introducing electrosurgery (Galvanokaustik) into dentistry. He is also credited for being the first dentist in a German-speaking country to use a procedure called Goldhämmerfüllungen, a technique used for installing gold fillings. In 1861 he founded the Vereins österreichischer Zahnärzte (Austrian Association of Dentists), known today as the Österreichische Gesellschaft für Zahn-, Mund- und Kieferheilkunde or ÖGZMK (Austrian Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery). With histopathologist Carl Wedl (1815-1891), he was co-author of the highly regarded Atlas zur Pathologie der Zähne, a work later translated into English and published as "Atlas to the Pathology of the Teeth". After Heider's death in 1866, his pioneer work in dentistry was continued by his colleague Adolf Zsigmondy (1816-1880).

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