Frederik Holst (physician)

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Frederik Holst

Frederik Holst (14 August 1791 – 4 June 1871) was a Norwegian medical doctor. He is regarded as an important pioneer in medicine in Norway. [1]

Holst was born at Holmestrand in Vestfold, Norway. He completed his examen artium at Oslo Cathedral School in 1810. He was the first person to defend his doctoral thesis in Norway, about the then common and now extinct skin disease "Radesyke" (1817). [2][3]

He was appointed town physician in Christiania (now Oslo) from 1817. He was a professor at the University of Christiania (now University of Oslo) from 1824. His works had significant influence on the treatment of prisoners and of patients with mental disorders. In 1831, he was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Holst was the grandfather of the linguist Clara Holst.[4] [5]


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  2. ^ Steinar Qvenild Andersen (2005). "Norges første doktorgrad" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2008-11-30. 
  3. ^ Claus Pavels (1812–1822). "Dagbøker 1812 - 1822" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2008-11-30. 
  4. ^ Øivind Larsen. "Frederik Holst". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved January 1, 2017. 
  5. ^ Jahr, Ernst Håkon (2001). "Clara Holst". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). 4 (2nd ed.). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 18 March 2012.