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The Danish Cancer Researcher, Johannes Fibiger, Professor in the University of Copenhagen

Nature volume 162, pages 162163 (31 July 1948) | Download Citation



The first part off this book recounts Fibiger‘s ancestry back to 1667 : some of his ancestors, including his father, Were medical men ; but they seem to have made no striking contributions to scientific knowledge. Fibiger‘s youth was not altogether happy, since his father died when he Was a child and his mother was put to some difficulty to educate the children and had little time for the affection that might have softened Fibiger‘s character. His early history perhaps explains his rather moody nature, particularly in his early adult life, when, no doubt, he had to contend with the usual difficulties common to many medical men. But he seems to have been happy in his professional career, and writes enthusiastically of his early training with Prof. Salomonsen, who gave him a comprehensive training in bacteriology Which stood him in good stead in his later Work.

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