Albert Hoffa came as the son of originating from Kassel first German doctor in Pretoria, Dr. med. Moritz Hoffa, and his wife Mathilde born Lelienfeld to the world.
After his secondary school education in Kassel he studied medicine in Marburg (Member of the Hasso Nassovia) and in Freiburg and received his doctorate in 1883 (about nephritis Saturina).
His training as a medical assistant completed Hoffa in Freiburg and in Würzburg at Juliusspital.
In 1886 he qualified as a professor there for Specialized Surgery
(The nature of the anthrax toxin) and in 1895 Professor.
In 1887 he teamed up with Ernst Bumm
(* April 15, 1858 Würzburg, † 2 January 1925 in Munich),
also in Würzburg a private clinic for orthopedics, physiotherapy and massage.
In 1893 he got married to Sophie Günther (1867- 1938).
1902 he was appointed to Berlin. Here originated over 70 book titles and other publications.
For example, in 1891 the first textbook of orthopedic surgery.
Hoffa campaigned for the secession of Orthopaedics of the surgery and resulted in the orthopedic residency neurologische-, radiological and internal content, as well as the subjects dressing technique and physiotherapy.
Hoffa led the Massage as a medical treatment in Germany, the technique called but then still gymnastics.
For this purpose, he refined the techniques of Swedish massage, developed by Pehr Henrik Ling
(* 1776, † 1836).
He believed that the massage should be reserved exclusively for doctors, because doctors only be in a position, palpate and massage pathological products of the muscles to be able.
After Hoffa fat pad is called behind the kneecap Hoff Ascher fat body.
A traumatic and / or inflammatory swelling this fat pad is called Hoff ash disease.
Hoffa died on 31 December 1907 on the return trip from Amsterdam to Berlin in Cologne of a heart attack.
His wife Sophie survived him by more than 30 years.
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