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From patient to discoverer--Niels Ryberg Finsen (1860–1904) --the founder of phototherapy in dermatology.
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PMID:  22855977     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Niels Ryberg Finsen (1860–1904) developed a lamp based on electric carbon arcs (later known as the Finsen light) that was used for skin therapy a century ago. He became director of the Medical Light Institute in Copenhagen, later the Finsen Institute, where he developed this method of treatment. Within a few years, 40 Finsen Institutes were established in Europe and in the United States of America. In 1903, Finsen received the Nobel Prize in Medicine in recognition of his work on the treatment of diseases and, in particular, the treatment of lupus vulgaris by means of concentrated light rays. Finsen's scientific interests were greatly influenced by his health condition. Beginning in 1883, he began to experience symptoms of an illness that would be later diagnosed as Niemann-Pick disease. He spent the last years of his life confined to a wheelchair. Dermatology reaps the benefits of light treatment to this day.
Andrzej Grzybowski; Krzysztof Pietrzak
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Biography; Historical Article; Journal Article; Portraits    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinics in dermatology     Volume:  30     ISSN:  1879-1131     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin. Dermatol.     Publication Date:    2012 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-08-02     Completed Date:  2012-10-25     Revised Date:  2013-06-28    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8406412     Medline TA:  Clin Dermatol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  451-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Ophthalmology, Poznan City Hospital, ul. Szwajcarska 3, Poznań, Poland.
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MeSH Terms
Dermatology / history*
History, 19th Century
History, 20th Century
Lupus Vulgaris / history,  therapy
Nobel Prize
Phototherapy / history*
Skin Diseases / history*,  therapy
Personal Name Subject
Personal Name Subject:
Niels Ryberg Finsen

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