His latest triumph is the corona vaccines: That’s why Doctor Panum deserved his spaceship on Blegdamsvej

JI was ashamed to report completing half a medical degree before it dawned on me who had basically given name to the brutalist masterpiece in which I spent most of my waking (and not so little of my sleeping) time.

The Panum Institute in Nørrebro has possessed its very own noisy poetry since the 1970s, and its raw concrete walls and insistent primary colors do not exactly lead the mind to the golden age of Copenhagen or to a long-nosed naturalist with chop-shaped sideburns and tie. There is more punk than Biedermeier over the large spaceship on Blegdamsvej.

Nevertheless, in its time, the university’s name committee pointed the arrow at a half-forgotten physiologist from a distant century – perhaps because Nobel laureates Niels Finsen, Johannes Fibiger and August Krogh had already hijacked their respective land registers out in the city. Female medical pioneers such as Nielsine Nielsen, Eli Møller and Marie Krogh apparently had no one in mind.

Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.

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