Walter Brown Shelley, or “Shelley,” died January 30, 2009, one week shy of his 92nd birthday (Figure). His life was replete with stories, eagerly shared, showing his passion for people and dermatology.1 One of his major interests was pruritus. His groundbreaking work2,3 has become a hot topic in biomedicine with the identification of nonhistaminergic neural pathways in peripheral and spinal neurons in primates and humans.4,5 These findings now provide novel therapeutic targets. Perhaps the sensory fibers that signal itch should be called Shelley fibers.
Lerner EA, Yosipovitch G. A Tribute to Walter Shelley, a Pioneer Itch Researcher (1917-2009). Arch Dermatol. 2010;146(7):788. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2010.97