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September 2014

Carlo Forlanini, the Dermatologist Who Invented the Cure for Pulmonary Tuberculosis

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  • 1Dermatology Unit, “Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda, Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico,” Department of Medical-Surgical and Transplantation Physiopathology, University of Milan, Milan, Italy

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JAMA Dermatol. 2014;150(9):969. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2014.559

Carlo Forlanini was born in 1847 in Milan, Italy, and was the son of Federico Forlanini, the primary doctor from Milan’s Fatebenefratelli Hospital. Carlo was the elder brother of Enrico Forlanini, an inventor and aeronautical pioneer well known for his works on helicopters, aircraft, hydrofoils, and dirigibles. Forlanini joined the faculty of medicine at the University of Pavia. In 1866, he volunteered to serve under Giuseppe Garibaldi, and in 1870 he graduated with a thesis focused on cutaneous inflammation entitled “Contribuzione alla Teoria della Piogenesi.”1 A close friend in his student days was Camillo Golgi, a man who would later achieve eminence as a histologist and receive the Nobel Prize in 1906.2

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