Samuel Hafenreffer

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Samuel Hafenreffer

Samuel Hafenreffer (April 26, 1587 – September 26, 1660)[1] was a German physician, who in 1660 introduced the definition of pruritus. Pruritus is the "unpleasant sensation" the body produces that provokes a person to itch themselves.[2] Hafenreffer is also credited as being the author of the first textbook in German speaking countries on the subject of dermatology.[3]


  1. ^ "Hafenreffer, Samuel 1587-1660". Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  2. ^ Rapini, Ronald P.; Bolognia, Jean L.; Jorizzo, Joseph L. (2007). Dermatology: 2-Volume Set. St. Louis: Mosby. p. 91. ISBN 1-4160-2999-0. 
  3. ^ "Samuel Hafenreffer, author of the first textbood on dermatology in German speaking countries". Z Haut Geschlechtskr. National Center for Biotechnology Information. 14 (7): 227–30. April 1953. PMID 13078929.