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Paul Robert Bing

Born 1878-05-05
Died 1956-03-15

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German-Swiss neurologist, born May 5, 1878, Strassburg; died March 15, 1956, Basel.

Biography of Paul Robert Bing

Paul Robert Bing studied medicine at the University of Basel, where he received his doctorate in 1902. He went abroad for further training and was an intern in Frankfurt am Main and in Paris, where he worked with Joseph Jules Dejerine (1849-1917), in London with Sir Victor Horsley (1857-1916), and in Berlin.

Bing settled as a neurologist in Basel, was appointed lecturer at the University of Basel in 1907, became extraordinary professor in 1918, and also exercised the office of director of the neurological ambulatory and laboratory. He became professor and chief of the department of neurology in 1932. In 1908 he established Schweizer Neurologische Gesellschaft.

Bing wrote a book on neurology and many papers. His principal contributions to neurology were his studies on the spinocerebellar tract which he commenced with Dejerine. His textbook went into nine editions and was translated into six languages. He had a fondness for medical history and wrote on the history of epilepsy described by Hippocrates,

From 1919 Bing was the publisher of the Schweizer Archiv für Neurologie und Psychiatrie, Zurich.

We thank Detlef E. Rosenow, M.D., M.Sc., Germany, for information submitted.

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