Famous ophthalmologists: 2
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. 

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