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September 18, 1948

The Danish Cancer Researcher, Johannes Fibiger, Professor in the University of Copenhagen

JAMA. 1948;138(3):250. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900030082036

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This interesting biography of Prof. Johannes Fibiger, the Danish pathologist, was written by an assistant, Knud Secher. The introduction deals with the family background which is traced back as far as Gotfried Fibiger (1665-1719), the court trumpeter. A chapter on his childhood and youth is followed by an account of his early training. This was the period of awakening of Danish medicine and the era of such figures as Pasteur, Virchow, Paget and C. Lange. In 1891 Fibiger had already studied under R. Koch in Berlin. In 1900 he was appointed professor of pathologic anatomy in the University of Copenhagen, where he became deeply interested in undergraduate teaching and subsequently (1925-1926) servedas Rector of the university. His scientific career is marked by his interest in diphtheria in his youth and later in tuberculosis and cancer. His researches on tuberculosis were high lighted by the historic controversy with Koch on the

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