The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1903
Doctor. Founder of phototherapy in dermatology. Contributed to treatment of diseases, especially lupus vulgaris, with concentrated light radiation. Researched effects of salt. Despite having Niemann-Pick disease, strong willed, persevering.
Early education in Denmark - Rector: "Niels is a very nice boy, but his gifts are small and he is quite devoid of energy." This may have been due to fagging for older pupils. Moved to school in Iceland; succeeded despite initially not knowing language.
From patient to discoverer- Ryberg Finsen (1860-1904) -the founder of phototherapy in dermatology, CARETAKER OF THE SKIN by Andrzej Grzybowski MD, PhDa,b,?, Krzysztof Pietrzak MD, PhDc., Edited by Andrzej Grzybowski, MD, PhD. Elsevier, Clinics in Dermatology (2012) 30, 451-455.
Niels Ryberg Finsen by Dennis P. Valenzeno, Associate Dean for Medical Sciences, Chair and Professor of the Department of Medical Sciences, The University of Kansas Medical Center - Wichita. Short article.
In Danish Only, interesting images for English readers
Heliotherapy - light therapy. Science Museum.
Our Friend, the Sun: Images of Light Therapeutics from the Osler Library Collection, c. 1901-1944. Digital exhibition by the Osler Library of the History of Medicine, McGill University
Niels Finsen by John H. Lienhard. Engines of our Ingenuity. University of Houston TX.
Memoir of Funeral of Niels Ryberg Finsen, and Clippings 1904. National Library of Medicine, USA.
Find in a library near you. In Worldcat page, click book of interest to you. Scroll down to libraries which possess book. Possibly more than one person with same name
Name:Niels Ryberg Finsen
Birth: 15 December 1860, Thorshavn, Faroe Islands (Denmark)
Death: 24 September 1904, Copenhagen, Denmark
Affiliation at the time of the award: Finsen Medical Light Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark
Prize motivation "in recognition of his contribution to the treatment of diseases, especially lupus vulgaris, with concentrated light radiation, whereby he has opened a new avenue for medical science"
Field: Dermatology, radiology
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