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Helene Ollendorff Curth

Born  1899

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German-American dermatologist, born February 28, 1899, Breslau. In the United States her first name was Helen.

Biography of Helene Ollendorff Curth

Helene Ollendorff studied medicine at the universities of Freiburg, Munich and Breslau, After qualifying in 1923 she trained in dermatology at the Rudolf-Virchow-Krankenhaus in Berlin under Abraham Buschke. She became Buschke's assistant subsequently married his other assistant, Wilhelm Curth. The Curths moved to the USA in 1931 and commenced private practice in New York.

The Curths, now William and Helene Ollendorff Curth pursued careers in dermatology at Columbia University. Helene Ollendorff Curth's most important work was on acanthosis nigricans.

    "her critical sense for the essential point as well as her feminist warmth are characteristics of this successful dermatologist".
    Professor U. W. Schnyder, Dermatologische Klinik, Universitätsspital Zürich


  • U. W. Schnyder:
    Zum 65. Geburtstage von Helen Ollendorff Curth.
    Der Hautarzt, Berlin, 1964, 15: 96-97.
  • R. J. Gorlin:
    Helen Ollendorff Curth zum 70. Gebrutstag. Der Hautarzt, 1969, 20 (2):95.

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