Emil Pfeiffer

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Emil Pfeiffer
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Born (1846-03-01)1 March 1846
Wiesbaden, Nassau
Died 13 July 1921(1921-07-13) (aged 75)
Wiesbaden, Hesse-Nassau
Nationality German
Fields Medicine
Alma mater Humboldt University of Berlin
Known for Describing infectious mononucleosis

Emil Pfeiffer (1 March 1846 – 13 July 1921) was a German physician and pediatrician.

He studied medicine at the universities of Bonn, Würzburg, and Berlin. It was at Berlin where he received his doctorate in 1869.

As a pediatrician he dealt with issues of infant nutrition, campaigned for the establishment of children's homes and crèches. He is known for describing infectious mononucleosis (also known as "mono," "glandular fever," and "kissing disease"), an Epstein–Barr virus-induced infectious disease of the lymphatic tissue that also bears his name—Pfeiffer's disease.[1]


  1. ^ Tursz, Thomas (1993). Epstein–Barr Virus and Associated Diseases. John Libbey. p. 17. ISBN 2-7420-0008-9. 

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