Thursday, February 3, 2011

Ferdinand-Jean Darier

Ferdinand Darier
Ferdinand-Jean Darier (1856 - 1938) French pathologist and dermatologist, considered "the father of modern dermatology in France". His name is associated with many dermatological diseases such as follicular keratosis (an autosomal dominant genetically inherited disease of the skin, also called Darier's disease) and Darier's sign, which is the appearance of  itchy, red & swollen skin lesions after stroking of an area of skin, in subjects suffering from urticaria pigmentosa or systemic mastocytosis. In later age, Darier retired to a small village on the outskirts of Paris and was mayor of the place for ten years. He wrote classic textbooks on dermatology and was involved as the editor of the most famous encyclopedia on dermatology in the french language.

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