James Victor Strandberg
Biography of James Victor Strandberg
James Victor Strandberg studied medicine in Stockholm, where he obtained his medical qualification in 1909 and the medical doctorate in 1917. After housemanship at the Sabbatsbergs Sjukhus, Strandberg in 1912 commenced a highly successful private practice. He also worked as a physician in the ambulatories for skin and venereal diseases, and his reputation was enhanced when he was the first to diagnose smallpox during the great epidemic of 1920.
In 1912 he was habilitated as Dozent and became a registrar at the Karolinska Institutet, working with Johan Reinhold Almkvist (1869-), professor of syphilology at the St. Görans sjukhus. He was appointed as associate professor in 1931 and in 1936 he was promoted to the post of full professor of dermatology and syphilology.
Strandberg was an exceptional diagnostician and teacher. His research interests included occupation eczema, sun damage and skin tuberculosis and he published many papers concerning the wider aspects of dermatology. In the later stages of his career he became increasingly involved in socio-medical matters. He was known for his tolerance and humanitarianism and because of these qualities, his assistance was frequently solicited by medical associations and civil authorities. He was a scientifical advisor on venereal diseases to the Swedish army.
In his leisure time he enjoyed sailing and fishing. He was friendly and hospitable man who lived a happy family life. He died from a cerebral haemorrhage in 1942.