A Man behind a Syndrome: Who was Doctor Zivert?

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The article is devoted to biography of A.-F.-J. K. Zivert (1872-1922), a Russian physician of German ethnic origin, who lived in the Silver Age (a period in the History of Russian culture between 1890 and early 1920ies). Dr. Zivert made early, significant and internationally recognized contribution into medical science and became eponymous. A-F.-J. K. Siewert (aka: Zivert, Ziwert, von Siewert) is known for first description of the hereditary dyskinesia of cilia (as a triad of: situs inversus of the viscera, abnormal frontal sinuses producing sinusitis and bronchiectasis). The social disasters of the twentieth century caused deep impact on his subsequent life and career, so his role was shadowed from global medical community. The article analyzes his biography and academic achievements. The contribution of this scientist into medicine is reviewed in context of historical epoch, on background of his individual social choice and the fate of his family. Besides his eponymous description, other medical priorities of this scholar are analyzed. The factors facilitating rapid development of theoretical and practical medicine in imperial Russia of late XIX– early XX centuries are discussed. The conclusion of the author is that in any epoch, even the cruelest and unfavorable one, the creative activity is a way to social immortality.
Original languageEnglish
Article number120
Number of pages7
Journal Lung, Pulmonary & Respiratory Research Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jan 2020

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