- Alzheimer’s Disease
- 1901, Alois Alzheimer analyzed a 51 year old women at an asylum who had no short term memory. When she died he dissected her brain and presented the illness as Alzheimer ’s disease.
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- 1944, Asperger named the disease after he observed a group of children and described their illness as ‘autistic psychopathy’. His contributions didn’t become known until much later because all of his research was written in German.
- Crohn’s Disease
- 1932, Dr. Burrill B. Crohn watched his father suffer with awful indigestion for most of his life. Crohn decided to study afflictions of the stomach. He later reported the cause of the illness as localized inflammation of the ileum in the small intestine.
- Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- 1865, The illness was named Hodgkin’s Disease after Thomas Hodgkin’s work in the field which he on while at Guy’s Hospital in London in 1932. It was also one of the first cancers to be treated using radiation therapy.
- Parkinson’s Disease
- James Parkinson first worked on this illness which he described as ‘paralysis agitans’. It wasn’t until 60 years later that the disease was named after him.
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