Carl Wilhelm Boeck, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Carl Wilhelm Boeck

Norwegian dermatologist

Date of Birth: 15-Dec-1808

Place of Birth: Kongsberg, Buskerud, Norway

Date of Death: 10-Dec-1875

Profession: physician, politician, professor, pathologist

Nationality: Norway

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

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About Carl Wilhelm Boeck

  • Carl Wilhelm Boeck (December 15, 1808 – December 10, 1875) was a Norwegian dermatologist.
  • He was born at Kongsberg in Buskerud, Norway.
  • In 1831 he earned his medical degree from the University of Christiania (now University of Oslo).
  • From 1833 to 1846, he practiced medicine in Kongsberg.
  • Afterwards, he became a lecturer of dermatology and surgery at the University of Christiania and later attained a full professorship (1851-1869).
  • He was also physician at Rikshospitalet (1850-1875).
  • .Boeck specialized in research and treatment of syphilis.
  • He is remembered for his experiments with "syphilization", which was a form of vaccination against the disease.
  • The practice consisted of repeated inoculations of secretion from "soft chancre", until inoculation caused no further reaction.
  • Boeck wasn't the first physician to use syphilization, as it was earlier attempted by Joseph Alexandre Auzias-Turenne (1813–1870), who experimented with syphilization on laboratory animals.In the 1840s, with dermatologist Daniel Cornelius Danielssen (1815–1894), Boeck conducted research of leprosy.
  • From their studies, the two physicians collaborated on an important treatise on leprosy called Om Spedalskhed.
  • At the time, Boeck and Danielssen believed leprosy to be an hereditary disease. Later in his career, he visited the United States in order to research leprosy among Norwegian-American immigrants.

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