János Bókai

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János Bókai (1822–1884, full name in Hungarian Idősebb Bókai János) was a Hungarian University professor,[1] pediatrician and the director of a children's hospital in Budapest.[2] He also pioneered rhino-laryngology and the development of laryngoscopy and rhinoscopy.[3]

He wrote the anamnesis of Ignaz Semmelweis[1] which played a role in the admission of Semmelweis to an insane asylum.[4]



  • Benedek, István (1983). Semmelweis Krankheit. Budapest, Hungary: Akadémiai Kiadó (Translated from Hungarian to German by Alfred Falway). ISBN 963-05-3428-2. 
  • Carter, K. Codell; Barbara R. Carter (February 1, 2005). Childbed fever. A scientific biography of Ignaz Semmelweis. Transaction Publishers. ISBN 978-1-4128-0467-7. 


  1. ^ a b Benedek 1983:107
  2. ^ Carter 2005:74
  3. ^ (probably) Zoltán Dékány. "The Development of Otology and Rhino-, Laryngology" (PDF). 
  4. ^ Image:Ignaz Semmelweis 1865 Krankheits-Vorgeschichte.jpg