The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1903
Physician. Founder, phototherapy in dermatology. Lupus vulgaris treatment. Researched salt. Despite having Niemann-Pick disease,
strong willed, persevering.
Denmark early education - Rector: "Niels is a very nice boy. His gifts are small; he’s devoid of energy." Cause: fagging for older pupils. Moved to Iceland school; succeeded despite 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.
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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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