Biography of Emil Pfeiffer
Emil Pfeiffer was born in Wiesbaden and studied medicine at the universities of Bonn, Würzburg, and Berlin, where he received his doctorate in 1869. He returned to his native city and settled as a physician. It was largely due to his contributions that Wiesbaden soon enjoyed the reputation of a health resort.
Emil Pfeiffer is considered one of the most important of German balneologists. He concerned himself very thoroughly and scientifically with the therapeutic qualities of various mineral waters, particularly those found in his native city. He also worked as a paediatrician, and in this field worked for the establishment of homes for children and day nurseries.
Pfeiffer also worked on gout and its therapy, with immunisation against smallpox through vaccination and variolation and described the glandular fever which bears his name.
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