Schleich, Karl Ludwig

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Schleich, Karl Ludwig Gender: M
born on 19 July 1859 at 12:00 (= 12:00 noon )
Place Stettin, Germany, 53n26, 14e34
Timezone LMT m14e34 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Ring
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 26°11' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 14°16 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 18°20'

Karl Ludwig Schleich


German surgeon and writer.

He studied medicine in Zurich, Greifswald and Berlin. In 1887 he received his doctorate at the University of Greifswald, and stayed there as an assistant until 1889. Afterwards he opened a private practice in Berlin, and in 1899 attained a professorship at the University of Berlin. In 1900 he became director of the Department of Surgery at Gross-Lichterfelde.

Schleich is remembered for his work involving local anesthesia. In the early 1890s he introduced a methodology of infiltration anesthesia by using a highly diluted cocaine solution. He was also a pioneer of glial research, and recognized that glial cells played a dynamic role in nervous system function. Schleich believed that an interconnected and interactive neuronal-glial network was a substrate for brain functions.

Among his written works was an influential treatise on hysteria research called Gedankenmacht und Hysterie. Schleich was also an accomplished poet and novelist. One of his better known fictional works was the popular Phantasien über den Sinn des Lebens, which translates to "Fantasy about the Meaning of Life".

His memoirs Besonnte Vergangenheit (1922) are the most successful memoirs in the German language, running well above 1 million copies.

He died 7 March 1922, Berlin.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Thomas Ring, page 545.

Sy Scholfield quotes same data from Schleich in his autobiography: "Besonnte Vergangenheit: Lebenserinnerungen 1859–1919" by Carl Ludwig Schleich (Severus, 2013), p. 5: "In der der alten oderstadt Stettin, am 19. Juli 1859, mittags um zwölf Uhr, an einem Sonntage, soll ich das Licht der Welt unter mächtigem und nachhaltigem Sträuben gegen meine Existenz erblickt und den Eintritt in dies Tal der Tränen, wie ich gestehe, völlig unbewußt vollzogen haben."

Abridged translation: In the old city of Szczecin, on 19 July 1859 at twelve o'clock noon, on a Sunday, I saw the light of day.


  • Vocation : Medical : Surgeon
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction