German dermatologist; born at Schweidnitz Jan. 22, 1855. His father, Moritz Neisser, was physician and "Geheimer Sanitätsrat" at Charlottenbrunn. Albert Neisser studied medicine in Erlangen and Breslau (M.D. 1877). In1877 he became assistant physician at the Dermatological Clinic in Breslau, and in 1880 privat-docent in the University of Leipsic. In the summer of 1880 he went to Norway and in 1881 to Spain to study leprosy. In 1882 he was appointed assistant professor of dermatology and chief of the clinic at the University of Breslau, where he became "Geheimer Medicinal-Rat" in 1894.

Neisser is well known through his bacteriological and dermatological researches. He found the bacillus of gonorrhea, called by him "gonococcus," in 1879; and upon this discovery he based the local treatment of gonorrhea, which is now universally adopted. He demonstrated also the lepra bacilli, and proved the tubercular origin of lupus.

Neisser is a collaborator on Ziemssen's "Handbuch der Hautkrankheiten"; is one of the editors of the "Archiv für Dermatologie und Syphilis"; is also editor of the dermatological department of the "Bibliotheca Medica"; and has written many essays in the medical journals.

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