Beyond the Trendelenburg position: Friedrich Trendelenburg's life and surgical contributions

Surgery. 1999 Jul;126(1):78-82. doi: 10.1067/msy.1999.98735.


Friedrich Trendelenburg (1844-1924) was a giant figure in the formative years of modern surgical practice. His name lives on in the Trendelenburg position, a pelvis-up, head-down position that is of great use in surgical practice. That position, however, was certainly well known before Trendelenburg and the linkage of his name was by no means the greatest of Trendelenburg's achievements. Trendelenburg was a world class surgeon, innovator, and educator who made novel advances that spanned the entire range of surgical practice.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article
  • Portrait

MeSH terms

  • Eponyms
  • General Surgery / history*
  • Germany
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • Posture

Personal name as subject

  • F Trendelenburg