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Søren Holth

Born 1863
Died 1937

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Norwegian ophthalmologist, born July 21, 1863, Nes på Ringerike; died September 23, 1937, Vestre Aker (now in Oslo).

Biography of Søren Holth

Søren Holth passed his medical examination in Kristiania (now Oslo) in 1890 and was conferred doctor of medicine at Det Kgl. Frederiks Universitet in Kristiania, in 1896. While still a student he worked as an assistant physician at the Rotvold asylum near Trondheim, and as a candidate at the surgical department in Rigshospitalet under professor Johan Storm Aubert Hjorth (1835-1905). Following graduation he first worked with the district physician Hans Lemmich Juell (1839-1899) in Kongsvinger and then four years in Drammen, before going abroad for further studies.

In his first trip abroad, Holth visited eye clinics in Berlin, Naples, Paris, and London. In 1899 he studied physiological optics at Sorbonne in Paris and bacteriology at the Pasteur-Institute. During the following years he spent time in eye clinics in Prague, Berlin, Vienna, and Switzerland

From 1899 to 1905 Holth was an assistant hysician in the University eye clinic at at Rigshospitalet under Hjalmar August Schiøtz (1850-1927). On March 22, 1907, Holth was elected member of the Academy of Sciences, Kristiania.

Holth was a member of the Societé Française d'Ophtalmologie from 1899 and the Ophthalmologische Gesellschaft, Heidelberg from 1906. I 1919 he was awarded the Fridtjof Nansen Fund prize for distiguished contributions on glaucoma. In 1927 he was made a Commander of th Order of St. Olav. Besides this he was a member or honorary member of several foreign medical associations. Hiorth was a frequent participant in international medical congresses.

Hiorth devised new methods for determining the refraction of the eye and performed several new operations. In particular, his operation for glaucoma was met with great attention abroad.

Søren Holth married Marie Spångberg, the first women to graduate in medicine from Det Kgl. Frederiks Universitet i Kristiania, in 1893.

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