Source
Hautarzt. 2004 Aug;55(8):753-5
Publication Type
Article
Date
Aug-2004
Author
H-D Göring
Author Affiliation
Hautklinik und Immunologisches Zentrum, Städtisches Klinikum Dessau, Dessau. hd.goering@klinikum-dessau.de
Source
Hautarzt. 2004 Aug;55(8):753-5
Date
Aug-2004
Language
German
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Denmark
English Abstract
History, 19th Century
History, 20th Century
Humans
Lupus - history
Nobel Prize
Portraits
Ultraviolet Therapy - history
Abstract
Niels Ryberg Finsen who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1903 for introducing phototherapy for lupus vulgaris. He was only the third laureate in medicine, after Emil von Behring (1901) and Ronald Ross (1902), and the first for outstanding achievements in the field of dermatology. Several thousand lupus vulgaris patients from different European countries were treated in the Medical Light Institute in Copenhagen, founded by Finsen, from 1896 until his death in 1904. Until the tuberculostatic drugs were introduced in the middle of the 20th century, the "Finsen Exposure" was the only effective therapy of lupus vulgaris. The carbon arc lamp initially used by Finsen was later modified and then eventually replaced by the mercury quartz lamp developed by Arons. Today Finsen is rightly recognized as the founder of the modern dermatological phototherapy.
PubMed ID
15150653 View in PubMed
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