Alois Alzheimer

Alois Alzheimer

Infobox Medical Person
Aloysius Alzheimer =Aloysius Alzheimer

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caption =The plaque for Alois Alzheimer in Wrocław
birth_date =birth date|1864|6|14|mf=y
birth_place =Marktbreit, Bavaria
death_date =death date and age|1915|12|19|1864|6|14|mf=y
death_place =Breslau, Germany
profession =Psychiatrist, Physician
specialism =Neuropathology
research_field =
known_for =First published case of "presenile dementia" (Alzheimer's disease)
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education =University of Tübingen
University of Würzburg
work_institutions =City Mental Asylum, Frankfurt am Main
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Aloysius "Alois" Alzheimer (14 June 1864 - 19 December 1915) was a German psychiatrist and neuropathologist and a colleague of Emil Kraepelin. Alzheimer is credited with the first published case of "presenile dementia", which Kraepelin would later identify as Alzheimer's disease.


Alzheimer was born in Marktbreit, Bavaria.

His father served in the office of notary public in the family's hometown. [ [ "Marktbreit: Alzheimer´s Birthplace"] ] Alzheimer attended Aschaffenburg, Tübingen, Berlin, and Würzburg universities. He received a medical degree at Würzburg University in 1887. In the following year, he spent five months assisting mentally ill women, before he took an office in the city mental asylum in Frankfurt am Main: the Städtische Anstalt für Irre und Epileptische (Asylum for lunatics and epileptics). Emil Sioli was the dean of that asylum (1852-1922). Another neurologist, Franz Nissl (1860-1919), began to work in that same asylum with Alzheimer, and they knew each other. Much of Alzheimer's later work on brain pathology made use of Nissl's method of silver staining of the histological sections. Alzheimer was the co-founder and co-publisher of the journal "Zeitschrift für die gesamte Neurologie und Psychiatrie". He never wrote a book that he could call his own. In 1901, Alzheimer observed a patient at the Frankfurt Asylum named Mrs. Auguste Deter. The 51-year-old patient had strange behavioral symptoms, including a loss of short-term memory. This patient would become his obsession over the coming years. In April 1906, Mrs. D. died and Alzheimer had the patient records and the brain sent to Munich where he was working at Kraepelin's lab. Together with two Italian physicians, he would use the staining techniques to identify amyloid plaques and

Since German was the common language of science and especially of Psychology of the time, Kraepelin's use of Alzheimer's disease in a textbook would make the name famous. By 1911, the disease was being used by European physicians to diagnose patients in the US.

In mid-December 1915, Alzheimer fell ill on the train on the way to the University of Breslau, where he had been appointed professor of psychiatry in 1912. Most probably he had a streptococcal infection and subsequent rheumatic fever and kidney failure. He died of heart failure at the age of 51 in Breslau (now Wrocław, Poland).

ee also

* Gaetano Perusini

External links

* [ Who Named It? - Alois Alzheimer]
* [ Alzheimer's: 100 years on]
* [ Alois Alzheimer's Biography, International Brain Research Organization]
* [ Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Laboratory for Neurodegenerative Disease Research - Prof. Dr. Christian Haass]
* [ Bibliography of secondary sources] on Alois Alzheimer and Alzheimer's disease, selected from peer-reviewed journals.
* Graeber Manuel B. [ "Alois Alzheimer (1864-1915)"] International Brain Research Organization


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