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Ferdinando Gianotti and the Papular Acrodermatitis of Childhood: A Scientist Against All the Odds

Federico Gianotti1; Filippo Pesapane, MD2; Raffaele Gianotti, MD2
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1Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
2Università degli Studi di Milano–Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milano, Italy
JAMA Dermatol. 2014;150(5):485. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.10445.
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Ferdinando Gianotti was born on August 22, 1920, in Corsico, a small town near Milan, Italy (Figure). He came from a very poor family, and at age 13 years he worked in a tannery where he lost his left hand in an accident. The owner of the factory refused to use his car to take him to the hospital because he did not want to soil the interior of the car. After the death of his mother and sister from tuberculosis, he was at risk of dying from the same disease but was saved by having the phrenic nerve incised as the treatment.

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Ferdinando Gianotti, MD, 1963

Ferdinando Gianotti with his son, Raffaele Gianotti, who is now a professor of dermatology at the University of Milan, Milan, Italy.

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