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Die Hirnforscherin Elisabeth Beck (1907-2002) Aus Deutschland vertrieben - in England zur erfolgreichen Wissenschaftlerin gereift [The brain researcher Elisabeth Beck (1907-2002) - forced to flee from Germany - later successful scientific career in England]

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Title:Die Hirnforscherin Elisabeth Beck (1907-2002) Aus Deutschland vertrieben - in England zur erfolgreichen Wissenschaftlerin gereift [The brain researcher Elisabeth Beck (1907-2002) - forced to flee from Germany - later successful scientific career in England]
Creators Name:Wunderlich, V.
Abstract:Following training to become a technical assistant and work at the Brain Research Institute in Berlin-Buch and the University Psychiatric Clinic in Frankfurt am Main, in March 1939 Elisabeth Beck managed to emigrate just in time as a Jew from Germany. After that, she contributed significantly to the research work of neuropathologist Alfred Meyer on prefrontal lobotomy and temporal lobe epilepsy at Maudsley Hospital in London. Beck became particluary well known through her research on lethal degenerative diseases of the central nervous system in animals (scrapie) and in humans (kuru, Creutzfeld-Jakob disease), which today are referred to prion diseases. In collaboration with the later Nobel laureate D. Carleton Gajdusek (USA), she provided clear evidence for the transmissibility of these spongiform encephalopathies based on neuropathological and ultrastructural criteria. Until 1952 Beck worked as medical-technical assistant, then she became a research assistant and in 1964 a lecturer at the University of London. In 1983 the Medical School of the University of Frankfurt am Main awarded her an honoary doctorate. She was an hinirary member of the British Neuropathological Society. Even in her older years, Elisabeth Beck continued to be active in research in London.
Keywords:Neuroanatomy, Lobotomy, Prion Diseases, Alfred Meyer, D. Carleton Gajdusek
Source:Schriftenreihe der Deutschen Gesellschaft fuer Geschichte der Nervenheilkunde
Series Name:Schriftenreihe der Deutschen Gesellschaft fuer Geschichte der Nervenheilkunde
Title of Book:Schriftenreihe der DGGN 21 (2015)
ISSN:1430-8339
ISBN:978-3-8260-5856-1
Publisher:Koenigshausen & Neumann (Germany)
Volume:21
Page Range:265-296
Number of Pages:774
Date:2015
Official Publication:http://www.dggn.de/publikationen/

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