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Viktor Kafka

Born 1881
Died 1955

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Austrian neuropsychologist and bacteriologist, born October 12, 1881, Karlsbad [now Czhechia]; died May 5, 1955, Stockholm, Sweden.

Biography of Viktor Kafka

Viktor Kafkaattended the university in Prague. He obtained his medical doctorate in 1906 and from 1907 to 1911 held a position as an assistant at the psychiatric clinic at the German medical faculty at the University of prague.

In 1911, Kafka and the bacteriologist Edmund Weil described a previously unknown bacteriological reaction. The same year he changed to the Hamburg-Friedrichsberg hospital, where he became head of the serological department in the bacteriological-serological institute in 1917. In 1919 he was habilitated for psychiatry in Hamburg and in 1920 received the appointment as chief of the serological department of the university psychiatric clinic and the Staatskrankenanstalt Hamburg-Friedrichsberg, becoming ausserordentlicher professor in 1924.

In 1927 he was appointed physician-in-chief at the serological department. Because of his Jewish descent, Kafka was removed form his position. In 1939 he went into exile in Norway, and in 1942 in Sweden, where he lived until his death in 1955.

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