(October 9, 1871 in Braunschweig
– August 1, 1959 in London
) was a German ophthalmologist
. Among his medical specialties were swimming pool conjunctivitis
, tumours of the eye, and retinal detachment
. He was an internationally renowned eye surgeon.
Fehr was born in Braunschweig
to a Jewish
family. He studied in Heidelberg
, and Kiel
, receiving his doctorate
at Heidelberg in 1897.
From 1897 to 1906, he was assistant physician
at the eye clinic of Julius Hirschberg
(1843–1925) in Berlin. From 1907, he was head physician
at the department of eye diseases
at the Rudolf Virchow
Hospital. He received the title of professor
in 1919. Besides his work in the hospital, he had a large private practice in the western part of Berlin, close to the Tiergarten.
In 1934, Oscar Fehr was forbidden to enter the clinic where he had worked for more than 25 years. He continued his private practice and operated in different nursing homes. When Jewish doctors were prohibited to treat gentiles in 1938, he was one of the few who were allowed to remain in practice as “Judenbehandler” (“Jew treater”).Fehr finally decided to emigrate with his family to Great Britain in 1939. He attended Edinburgh University to prepare for the exams he had to pass to be allowed to practice in Great Britain. After passing his Exams in 1942/43, he started a private practice in London in July 1943. Becoming a British citizen in 1947, he practiced until his second heart attack in 1955 foreced him to... Read More