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Gustav Wilhelm Schimmelpenning

Born  1928

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German neurologist and psychiatrist, born December 18, 1928, Oldenburg, Northern Germany.

Biography of Gustav Wilhelm Schimmelpenning

Gustav Wilhelm Schimmelpenning was the son of a German father and a Norwegian mother and grew up partly in Stavanger in Norway. He studied medicine in Kiel, Toronto (Canada) and Münster. He then chose to stay in Münster and specialize in neurology and psychiatry.

In 1968 Schimmelpenning became head of the Allgemeines Krankenhaus Ochsenzoll, a large municipal hospital in Hamburg. In 1971, after having turned down an ivitation to the chair of neurology and pyschiatry in Münster, he was appointed head of the department of neurology and psychiatry at the University of Kiel. This department was shortly thereafter split, with Schimmelpenning in the chair of psychiatry. Schimmelpenning retired from his academic chair in 1994.

He is a member of the Joachim Jungius Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften, Hamburg, since 1977.

We thank Günter Krämer and Patrick Jucker-Kupper, both Switzerland, for information submitted.


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  • Rudolf Happle:
    Gustav Schimmelpenning and the Syndrome Bearing His Name.
    Dermatology, Basel, 2004, 209: 84-87.

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