Johann Christian Ribbe

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Johann Christian Ribbe (* 31 January 1755 in Leipzig , Saxony , † 31 March 1828 ) was a German expert on veterinary (s. Veterinarian and veterinary medicine ) at the University of Leipzig , as a non-fiction book - Author unknown.


Johann Christian Ribbe was born in Leipzig, where his father lived as a tenant. From 1777 he studied theology there most likely, but occupied himself a lot with music and played the flute with other students. In 1784 he went to Berlin, where he gave music lessons in several good families.

Around 1793 Ribbe made the acquaintance of Prof. Sick, which gave his life a different direction by taking lessons in veterinary medicine from him. When Prof. Naumann opened veterinary lectures for officers, Ribbe took the place of a famulus . From this time on he devoted himself to his veterinary studies. During his daily stay at the animal medicine school, he gained practical experience.

In 1803 he took over the management of a property not far from Berlin that one of his friends had bought and ran it. But unfortunately the estate came so badly that the owner had to sell it afterwards at a significant loss.

When in 1807 Prof. Sick was assigned the task of fighting the cattle epidemic that was raging in East Prussia, Ribbe accompanied him, practicing the theoretical principles he had learned.

As a result of this experience, Ribbe appeared in Berlin in 1816 as a writer with a handbook on cattle diseases, which was gradually followed by several similar books.

The same took place in September 1810, when Prof. Sick received the order from the Department of General Police to travel to the province of Silesia, and especially to Breslau, to eradicate the cattle disease that had broken out there.

When a new devastating cattle epidemic broke out in the Kurmark in October 1813, Ribbe was entrusted with the eradication of the epidemic at the instigation of Prof. Sick, which he successfully did in 22 villages from November 16, 1813 to May 1, 1814.

Ribbe received letters of praise from the Landescollegium for his treatment of the epidemics and wanted nothing more than to be able to settle down as a veterinarian in the Prussian state. The execution of this plan failed completely as he was not admitted to the veterinary exam.

Defeated, Ribbe left Prussia in 1813 and went to Dresden , in the hope that the success of his writings would give him a job at the university. At that time the veterinary school was reorganized and hopes were raised from several quarters. But this prospect also failed.

The same thing happened to him in Leipzig, where he hoped to receive lectures on higher veterinary sciences and animal disease. “Following higher instructions,” the university did not allow him to give a lecture.

But he had a patron to support him, Prof. Rosenmüller, who was also known as a non-fiction author. Ribbe was awarded the previously unknown title of "Professor titularius" or "Professor honorarius" for veterinary science and animal disease at the University of Leipzig; but he was only allowed to give private lessons.

Apparently the lectures he gave did not meet with much approval and the practice of veterinary medicine did not seem to be his business. But he succeeded better in being an author; his income was therefore limited to the low income from his publications.

Ribbe was shown a certain appreciative acceptance by becoming a member of several organizations, such as the Economic Society in the Kingdom of Saxony, the Brandenburg-Ecological Society in Potsdam and the Leipzig Economic Society.

Another patron of Johann C. Ribbe was Ludwig von Baczko , the German writers of the Enlightenment , who charged him with papers.

After a varied but financially not very happy life, Ribbe died in his hometown of Leipzig. He left professionally highly valued observations on animal diseases and treatment methods.


  • The sheep and the wool: its history, production, maintenance, performance and judgment with respect to the great advantages which the wool, but especially given the trade with the same not only the urban trades, but also the country wirth-scientific bustle in Germany represented by JC Ribbe, Prague: Calve, 1825
  • As briefly as possible, but thorough instruction on the knowledge and correct assessment of internal and external diseases in cattle, their emergence, prevention and cure by the simplest means or: instructions on how the diseases mentioned can be cured in the straightest ways and by means … Johann Christian Ribbe, Leipzig Wienbrack, Hanover Tierärztl. Hochsch., 1822
  • The knowledge of the horse in terms of its nature, physical beauty, characteristics, etc. for lovers of this animal by JC Ribbe, Altenburg, Hahn, 1821 ( full text )
  • The internal and external diseases of sheep cattle and their cure: presented scientifically and practically for educated readers with reference to the prevention and averting of these evils; together with an appendix on lessons for shepherds , by JC Ribbe, Leipzig, Barth, 1821
  • Nature and medical history of canine rage disease in humans and animals and its cure 1820 ( full text )
  • Comprehensive instruction based on the laws of nature for keeping domestic and farm animals healthy: with reference to their beautification and refinement / For higher and lower farmers edited by JC Ribbe, Leipzig, Barth, 1819
  • About the bloating diseases of ruminating domestic and farm animals and their cure , by JC Ribbe. - Leipzig: Baumgärtner, 1819 ( full text )
  • Instructions for the knowledge and treatment of all epidemics and contagious diseases of domestic and farm animals known in Europe . by JC Ribbe, Berlin, Nauck, 1816
  • On the anthrax diseases of domestic animals: a practical description of these evils, which appear under so many different forms, and their cure , Georg Friedrich Sick; Johann Christian Ribbe; Philibert Chabert; Pierre Flandrin; Jean-Baptiste Huzard, Berlin and Stettin, Nicolai, 1813.
  • Instructions for correctly recognizing rinderpest, as well as for eradicating this epidemic , Johann Christian Ribbe, Leipzig 1813

Edited by Ludwig von Baczko:

  • in Ludwig von Baczko: Journey from Posen through the Kingdom of Poland and a part of Russia, to the Sea of ​​Assow: together with remarks on the purchase and treatment of the remonte . Kollmann, Leipzig 1821 ( microfiche edition ISBN 3-487-28994-6 ). 2nd edition, supplemented with a letter to the readers, by Johann Christian Ribbe. Kollmann, Leipzig 1824 ( digitized Google ; (digitized UB Düsseldorf urn : nbn: de: hbz: 061: 1-66348 })
  • Legends, folk tales, ghost and magic stories , collected and edited by Johann C. Ribbe and others. Three volumes. Halle / Vienna 1816/1918, third volume, 391 pages ( full text )

A list of non-fiction books by Johann Christian Ribbe can be found below. a. in Bibliotheca veterinaria or directory of the older and more recent books on all parts of veterinary medicine published in Germany up to the middle of 1842, compiled by Theodor Christian, Friedrich Enslin, Verlag Engelmann, 1843, page 42

Individual evidence

  2. ^ Handbook of agricultural literature , Güntz, Max, Leipzig, 1861, page 287, ( full text ) cf. Landwirtschaftliches Konversations-Lexikon von Lensrerke
  3. From Pierer's Universal-Lexikon , Volume 14. Altenburg 1862, p. 131. ( full text )
  4. From Neuer nekrolog der Deutschen , Volume 6, Part 2, s. 243 ff., Ilmenau, Verlag BF Voigt., 1830 ( full text )