CME INDIA Presentation by ⚜ Dr. M. Gowri Sankar, MD, Senior Assistant Professor, Dept. of General Medicine, Government Medical College and ESI Hospital, Coimbatore.

Today’s History Feature:

Dr. Friedrich Daniel von Recklinghausen

(Dec 2, 1833 – Aug 26, 1910)

💠 German Pathologist

His contributions…

  • Recklinghausen commenced his medical studies in Bonn during 1852 and continued in Wurzburg and then completed his Doctorate in Berlin in 1855.
  • Subsequently, he studied pathology under Prof. Rudolf Virchow, who was considered the Father of Modern Pathology. Thereafter, he went for an educational trip to Vienna, Rome and Paris.
  • After completion of his studies, he was appointed as a Professor at the University of Wurzburg in 1866. Later he moved to the University of Strassburg, where he served around 30 years.
  • Furthermore, Dr. Recklinghausen published his Monograph in 1882. Thereupon, he was the first to document the hereditary disease characterised by cafe-au-lait spots combined with multiple peripheral nerve tumours of the skin and its association with deformities of the bones and then named it as Neurofibromatosis or Von Recklinghausen Syndrome.
  • Moreover, Dr. Recklinghausen is well-known for other distinct discoveries…
  • 🔅 Osteitis fibrosa cystica in hyperparathyroidism.
  • 🔅 Haemochromatosis – He was the first to provide the link between haemochromatosis and iron accumulation in body tissue. 
  • 🔅 Spina bifida – He was one of the first to provide a complete description of it.
  • His other Eponyms…
  • 🔅 Von Recklinghausen’s tumor – Adenoleiomyofibroma on wall of the fallopian tube or posterior uterine wall
  • 🔅 Von Recklinghausen’s canals – Lymphatic canaliculi.
  • He also developed a Silver nitrate stain to allow the visualization of cell structures.
  • Eventually, he was considered as second to Prof. Virchow in an era of great German pathologists.

A Day to Commemorate…

An Eminent Pathologist of 19th Century.

Dr. Friedrich Daniel von Recklinghausen🙏🏼

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