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June 2017

Albert Ludwig Sigesmund Neisser, MD—A Life of Discovery and Controversy in Dermatology

Author Affiliations
  • 1Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • 2Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
JAMA Dermatol. 2017;153(6):574. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2017.0987

Albert Ludwig Sigesmund Neisser, MD (1855-1916), was a Prussian dermatologist and bacteriologist known for both his discoveries and controversies. His strict physician father would often tell Albert to “work” whenever they entered the same room. His father did this so much, in fact, that Albert’s little brother began calling him “Work,” thinking it was his first name.1

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