- Albert Wojciech Adamkiewicz
Albert Wojciech Adamkiewicz (August 11, 1850 - October 31, 1921) was a Polish
pathologistwho was born in Żerków. In 1873 he earned his medical doctorate from the University of Breslau, where he was a student-assistant to physiologistRudolf Peter Heinrich Heidenhain (1834-1897). From 1879 until 1892 he was chief of General and Experimental Pathologyat the Jagiellonian Universityin Cracow.
Adamkiewicz is remembered for his pathological examinations of the
central nervous system. His research of the variable vascularityof the spinal cordwas an important factor concerning modern clinical vascular surgery. He is credited with describing the major anterior segmental medullary artery, which is now known as the artery of Adamkiewicz.
In the early 1890s Adamkiewicz published a series of articles claiming the discovery of a cancer-causing
parasitehe called "Coccidium sarcolytus", as well as an anti-cancer serum. Further testing proved the serum a failure, and Adamkiewicz was severely criticized by the medical community at Jagiellonian University. Soon after he relocated to Viennawhere he practiced medicine at Rothschild's Jewish Hospital.
* [http://ats.ctsnetjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/80/5/1971 Annals of Thoracic Surgery]
* [http://www.whonamedit.com/doctor.cfm/1997.html Who Named It? Albert Adamkiewicz]
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