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April 2018

Hulusi Behçet—A Life of Passion and Endeavor in Dermatology

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  • 1University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville
JAMA Dermatol. 2018;154(4):440. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2017.6364

Hulusi Behçet, the famous Turkish dermatologist, was born on February 20, 1889, in Istanbul.1 He endured a difficult and gloomy childhood during which he lost his mother and also experienced insomnia, colitis, and angina pectoris, resulting in him growing up to be an introverted man.1 He undertook his primary education in Damascus; he was taken there because of his father’s business affairs. In 1906 and at the age of 16, he started his medical studies in the Kuleli Military Medical School, graduating in 1910.2 Dr Behçet then undertook specialist training in dermatology and venereal diseases at Gülhane Military Hospital until 1914.3 During the First World War (1914-1918), he served as a dermatovenereologist in the Edirne Military Hospital. After the war, he traveled to Europe to further his training and had stays in Berlin and Budapest. However, he soon returned to Turkey and in 1923 was appointed the head physician of Hasköy Venereal Diseases Hospital.2 Later, he established the department of dermatology and venereology in the University of Istanbul and served as its head until 1947.3

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