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Otto Busse

Otto Busse

Otto Emil Franz Ulrich Busse (December 6, 1867 - February 3, 1922) was a German pathologist. Busse was born in Belgard, Pomerania, Prussia (today Białogard, Poland) and studied medicine at the University of Greifswald, and subsequently became an assistant to Paul Grawitz (1850-1932), (his future father-in-law) at Greifswald. Afterwards he moved to Posen (today Poznan, Poland), where in 1904 he became a professor of pathology. From 1911 until 1922 he was professor of pathological anatomy at the University of Zurich, where he died.

In 1894 Busse was the first to describe a yeast-like fungus known as Cryptococcus neoformans, which was discovered in a patient with chronic periostitis of the tibia. At the time he called the fungus Saccharomyces hominis. Infection caused by the fungus is called cryptococcosis, or sometimes Busse-Buschke disease, named in conjunction with dermatologist Abraham Buschke (1868-1943).

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