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October 2016

The Rise of Henri-Alexandre Danlos and His Contributions to Dermatologic Therapeutics and Radiation Research

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 2Department of Rheumatology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
JAMA Dermatol. 2016;152(10):1113. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2015.6237

Born in 1844, Henri-Alexandre Danlos was a French dermatologist who resided in Paris for his entire life. His father urged him to work for the family business on finishing his education, but Danlos decided to pursue a career in medicine without his parents’ approval. His rebellious attitude and drive served him well; in 1869, Danlos graduated with distinction in medicine and later presented his doctoral thesis entitled, “The Relationship Between Menstruation and Skin Disease.” By 1895, Danlos was serving as “chef de service,” or department head, at the Hôpital Tenon in Paris.1