Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Pfeiffer, Ludwig Georg

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PFEIFFER, Ludwig Georg, German physician, b. in Cassel, 4 July, 1805; d. there, 2 Oct., 1877. He received his education in Cassel, and became professor of pathology there in 1828. He served as surgeon-major in Cracow during the Polish rebellion of 1831, travelled afterward through Europe for the interest of science, and was given in 1839 by the Bavarian government a mission to study the natural history of the West Indies. He remained for more than two years in Cuba, then visited most of the West India islands, and on his return to Europe published “Monographia Heliceorum viventium” (4 vols., Leipsic, 1847-'8; supplement, 1853); “Symbola ad historiam heliceorum” (3 vols., Cassel, 1851-'6); and other works.