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March 1997

NEW YORK DERMATOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Two Hundred and Fifty-sixth Regular Meeting, held on Tuesday Evening, November 24, 1896

Author Affiliations

President, in the Chair.

Arch Dermatol. 1997;133(3):293. doi:10.1001/archderm.1997.03890390031003

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When Ferdinand Hebra began his training at Vienna's General Hospital in 1841, he was initially assigned to the Kraetzenstation, the ward where refractory and offensive dermatological cases were isolated from the general population. Although his colleagues considered this the most ignominious rotation, Hebra was stimulated by the diversity of skin diseases and devoted the rest of his life to their study and treatment. His first major contribution was to the understanding of scabies: others had noted the scabies acarus, but it was Hebra who, in 1844, irrefutably demonstrated that the mite was the sole cause of the skin disease. Hebra's reputation as an astute clinician attracted many students to his lectures, and his revolutionary classification scheme, first published in 1845, spread his fame far beyond the confines of the German-speaking community. In 1848 the lowly Kraetzenstation was transformed into the VII Medical Department, with Dr Hebra as its chief;

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