|Swiss ophthalmologist, born 19th April, 1850, Wülflingen, Canton
Zürich; died 1931.
Haab's lines = horizontal breaks in Descemet membrane occurring
in congenital glaucoma.
Otto Haab was educated in Zurich and received his doctorate there in
1875. Already the previous year, 1874, he was assistant to Carl Joseph
Eberth (1835-1926) in pathological anatomy, in 1877 at the ophthalmological
clinic under Johann Friedrich Horner (1831-1886). He was habilitated for
ophthalmology in 1879 in Zurich. In 1886 Haab succeeded Horner at the University
of Zurich, remaining in this position until 1919. His written work concerns
a wide spectre of ophthalmological themes. He contributed in particular
to the knowledge of the pathological anatomy of the eye, operative ophthalmology
and in particular the treatment of lesions of the eye. He introduced the
giant magnet in eye medicine.
Besides the eponyms entered separately, Otto Haab is also remembered
Haab's eye knife
Haab's eye mirror
Haab's scleral resection knife
Besides the works mentioned below, Haab contributed to various textbooks
Pathologische Anatomie des Auges.
In Zieglerís Lehrbuch der pathologischen Anatomie.
Hirnriden-Reflex der Pupille.
Atlas und Grundriss der Ophthalmoskopie und ophthalmoskopischen Diagnostik.
5th edition, 1908; translated intoEnglish and French.
Atlas der äusseren Erkrankugen des Auges nebst Grundriss ihrer
Pathologie und Therapie. Munich, 1899.
4th edition, 1910; translated into English and French.
Das Glaukom und seine Behandlung.
Slg. Abh. Augenheilkunde. Halle 1902; 4: H, 6, 7).
Atlas und Grundriss der Lehre von den Augenoperationen. Munich,
2nd edition, 1920; translated into English and French.
Das Werk von professor Dr. Otto Haab. Basel, 1931.