Tunisia (1986 SG1094/1095)
and Turkey (1980 SG2694) Hulusi Behcet
Hulusi Behçet (20/2/1889
- 8/3/1948) was born in Istanbul during the Ottoman Empire. He graduated
from Gülhane Military Medical
Academy in Istanbul at the age
of 21 in 1910 and became a physician specializing in dermatology and syphilis.
He did his post-graduate
study in Berlin and Budapest during
the First World War. The disease that bears his name and characterised
by mouth ulcer, genital
ulcer and eye inflammation was
described by him in 1937. Ocular inflammation with retina involvement is
a major cause of blindness in
such patients. There is not specific
blood test for the condition and the diagnosis depends on the clinical
signs. The disease is common
in Mediterranean area and Japan.
Behçet also published extensively on syphilis and was the editor
of the Turkish Periodical of
Dermatology. He died in 1948 at
the age of 59 from myocardial infarction.