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ON THE centenary of the birth of the "Father of Gonorrhea" it seems fitting to recall the life and work of this pioneer of modern bacteriology. Albert Ludwig Siegmund Neisser was born on Jan. 22, 1855, in Schweidnitz, in the Prussian province of Silesia, the son of Dr. med. Moritz Neisser, who later became one of Germany's first Jewish spa physicians in Charlottenbrunn. Having graduated from the Magdalenum Gymnasium, Breslau, he studied in Breslau and Erlangen, receiving his doctorate of medicine on Feb. 16, 1877, for the thesis "Die Echinococcenkrankheit."
As a student of Ferdinand Cohn, Haidenheim, Weigert, and Koch, he developed an early interest in bacteriology at a time when Breslau was the center of German bacteriological research. Like his classmate and life-long friend Paul Ehrlich, Neisser soon specialized in dermatology.
In 1877, Neisser became assistant to Oscar Simon, then chief of the first German
RICHTER JH. ALBERT NEISSER Centenary of Birth 1855—January 22—1955. AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1955;71(1):92–94. doi:10.1001/archderm.1955.01540250094017