plexus myentericus

Leopold Auerbach

Leopold Auerbach (April 27, 1828September 30, 1897) was a German anatomist and neuropathologist who practiced medicine in Breslau.

His name is associated with the discovery of Plexus myentericus Auerbachi, or Auerbach's plexus, a layer of ganglion cells which provide muscular movement of the gastro-intestinal system. He was also one of the first physicians to diagnose the nervous system using histological staining methods. He published several papers on neuropathology and muscle-related diseases.

Friedreich-Auerbach disease is named after Auerbach and pathologist Nikolaus Friedreich. It is a rare disease which causes hypertrophy of the facial features and tongue.


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