Laudatio for the 2009 Fåhraeus awardee: Prof. Dr. Friedrich Jung
Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
It is a pleasure and great honour to have been asked to give the Laudatio to the 14th Fåhraeus Medallist, to an extremely worthy recipient and to a good friend: to Professor Friedrich Jung. The ceremony of presenting the Medal is one of the most pleasant and important events at any of our meetings, when we celebrate one of the great founders of our field, Robin Fåhraeus, and award the Medal named after him to a more recent outstanding worker in the field. I shall, of course, return to
... but I should like to start by paying a short homage to Fåhraeus and the history of the Medal. One of the things that interested Fåhraeus when he was a young clinician was the way blood settled if it was left to stand in a tube for a while. What initiated his interest was the observation that the rate of settling was high in pregnant women and got faster the later the pregnancy. He then noticed that in many pathologies the rate was much higher than in healthy individuals. He developed this into the Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate Test, a non-specific index of pathology. It is be one of the simplest and longest surviving medical tests on record. These studies led him to a deep interest in the enigmatic phenomenon of red cell aggregation, which together with his interest in comparative blood flow ultimately led to his exquisite studies of the way blood flows in small bore tubes and the factors affecting it -results of enormous relevance to blood flow in the nutrient vessels in vivo.