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Sigvald Bernhard Refsum

Born  1907
Died  1991

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Norwegian physician, born May 8, 1907, Gransherad, Telemark; died 1991.

Biography of Sigvald Bernhard Refsum

Sigvald Bernhard Refsum graduated in medicine at the University of Oslo in 1932. He subsequently worked as a district physician and was an assistant physician at the hospitals Dikemark Ullevål, and Rikshospitalet. He stayed for a period at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases in London. From 1947 he spent several years in academic centres in the USA. From 1948 to 1954 he was physician-in-chief at Haukeland sykehus, Bergen, and from 1953 to 1954 he was professor of neurology at the University of Bergen.

Refsum was a visiting professor technical advisor in Thailand 1966-1967, and in 1969 was four months visiting professor at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He was also a visiting professor at a number of other North American universities, as well as universities in South America and Europe. He obtained his medical doctorate from the University of Oslo in 1946. His thesis was the description of the disease that now bears his name. Refsum held the chair of neurology at the University of Oslo from 1954 until his retirement in 1978.


  • Genetic aspects of neurology.
    In: Abraham Bert Baker (1908-1988), editor: Clinical Neurology. By 65 Authors. New York, A Hoeber-Harper Book, 1955,1962, 1971 and 1975.
  • Clinical examination of the nervous system. With Monrad-Krohn. 1964.
    This textbook was used world-wide and was translated into Spanish and Japanese.

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