Benjamin Kuntz

Kurt Huldschinsky

“Light instead of cod liver oil”. With ultraviolet light therapy against rickets

Sprache: Englisch
118 Seiten, Broschur
20 Abbildungen
ISBN: 978-3-95565-535-8
Erscheint vorauss. 03/2022
12,90 €

Jewish Miniatures Vol. 282A

Kurt Huldschinsky was born on November 24, 1883, in Gleiwitz, Upper Silesia. During his first years as a pediatrician he worked among other things. at the Kaiserin-Auguste-Victoria-Haus in Berlin and at the University Children's Hospital in Vienna. After the First World War, he worked for Konrad Biesalski at the Oskar Helene Home in Berlin. 

Here he was the first to prove that irradiation with artificial UV light could cure the bone disease rickets in young children, which is usually caused by vitamin D deficiency. 

For this groundbreaking discovery and his further research on the prevention and therapy of rickets, Huldschinsky was honored in 1926 with the Otto Heubner Prize of the German Society for Pediatrics. He was even nominated for the Nobel Prize in Medicine. As a Jew, he had to flee Germany from the National Socialists in 1933/34. Together with his wife and daughter, he emigrated to Egypt, where he died in Alexandria on October 31, 1940.



Benjamin Kuntz

Dr., Gesundheitswissenschaftler am Robert Koch-Institut und an der Charité in Berlin. Mitglied der Berliner Gesellschaft für Geschichte der Medizin. Arbeitet seit 2018 verstärkt zu medizinhistorischen Themen.