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Gunnar Jungner and the Principles and Practice of Screening for Disease

Son of Gunnar Jungner, Master of Business Administration, University of Stockholm, SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
Unit of Epidemiology, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, 17177 Stockholm, Sweden
Centre for Inherited Metabolic Diseases, Karolinska University Hospital, 17176 Stockholm, Sweden
Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery, Karolinska Institutet, 17177 Stockholm, Sweden
Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, Karolinska Institutet, 17177 Stockholm, Sweden
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Int. J. Neonatal Screen. 2017, 3(3), 23;
Received: 27 June 2017 / Revised: 15 August 2017 / Accepted: 16 August 2017 / Published: 21 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Newborn Screening-Past, Present and Future)
We present a biography of Gunnar Jungner, one of the authors of the Principles and Practice of Screening for Disease by JMG Wilson and G Jungner, published by the WHO in 1968. This publication contains ten criteria, which are still consulted, when a new disorder is evaluated for inclusion in a screening program. Gunnar Jungner was a Swedish MD, PhD, specialized in Clinical Chemistry, born in Sweden in 1914. In 1961 he built an automated instrument for the analysis of different components in plasma, with the aim to detect diseases in presumably healthy individuals, to enable start of treatment at an early disease stage. This first automated instrument for Clinical Chemistry in Sweden was used in a screening project, where 90 000 seemingly healthy individuals were included. The study was discussed extensively and he was invited to present the results at different international meetings, where he also met JMG Wilson. Gunnar Jungner developed the instrument further together with his brother Ingmar and the Swedish gas company AGA. The brothers also established an out-patient ward in Stockholm, where people could come for health screening. View Full-Text
Keywords: screening; pre-symptomatic; Jungner; biography screening; pre-symptomatic; Jungner; biography
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Jungner, L.; Jungner, I.; Engvall, M.; Döbeln, U. Gunnar Jungner and the Principles and Practice of Screening for Disease. Int. J. Neonatal Screen. 2017, 3, 23.

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