The man behind the discovery of the disease. Meet Alois Alzheimer, this month’s contribution to the Blog of Funny Names.
Because we love alliteration here, meet Aloysius “Alois” Alzheimer, born June 14, 1864 in Marktbreit, Bavaria, Southern Germany.
He excelled in the sciences at school, where he studied medicine in Berlin. First at Ashaffenburg (no, it’s not a chocolate), Tubingen then Wurzburg, where he graduated with a medical degree.
After graduation, he spent five months working with mentally ill women before beginning his career at the state asylum, the Asylum for Lunatics and Epileptics (What does that say about epileptics of that time?). While there, Alzheimer co-founder and co-publisher the journal Zeitschrift für die gesamte Neurologie und Psychiatrie. (Gesundheit—oh wait, maybe that wasn’t a sneeze.)
Another noted neurologist, Franz Nissl, began work in the same asylum with Alzheimer. They worked together on a major six volume study, the “Histologic and Histopathologic Studies of the Cerebral Cortex,” describing the pathology of the nervous system. Much of Alzheimer’s later work…
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