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Pediatric Biographies
November 1933

MICHAEL DOERING?-1644THE FIRST EXTENDED ACCOUNT OF SCARLET FEVER

Am J Dis Child. 1933;46(5_PART_I):1098-1101. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1933.01960050160018

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Abstract

The history of scarlet fever is most interesting, and while Ingrassias noted the disease and Daniel Sennert usually gets the credit for the first good description, it really belongs to Sennert's brother-in-law, Michael Doering, about whom not a great deal is known, although he was prominent in his day. He merits a higher place than has been accorded him, for he gave an excellent description of scarlet fever and of the renal complications, and he reported the results of an autopsy. He noted the rapid pulse and many other salient features, as will be seen in his account given here.

Doering was born in Breslau and practiced there, but he was also professor of medicine at Giessen and first physician to Prince von Lichtenstein. He was a disciple and friend of Fabricius Hildanus who, in his surgical writings, used material which Doering furnished.

He wrote "De febrium malignarum curatione in

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