Peter Ludwig Panum


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A Danish physician who in 1846 observed an epidemic of measles in the Faroe Islands, from which measles had been absent for many years, so herd immunity was low. Panum's clinical observations provided the first accurate account of the natural history of measles, including incubation period, prodromal symptoms, clinical course, period of infectivity, occurrence rates of serious complications, case fatality rates, and the greater risk of severe disease among older people never exposed to measles.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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