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. Vladimir Kernig

(Jun 28, 1840 – Apr 18, 1917)

💠Russian Physician

His contributions…

🔸Kernig pursued his medical studies at Dorpat and graduated in 1864.

🔸He further practiced medicine at Obuchow’s Womens Clinic and later in the Institute for Deaf and Mute at St. Petersburg.

🔸Moreover, he published many articles but he became famous for his pioneer work on diagnosis of meningitis.

🔸In 1884, he published his clinical observation of Kernig’s Sign. He emphasized the examination of the patients in the sitting as well as in supine position to elucidate the sign.

🔸However, his work was not recognized until Dr. Arnold Netter, a French Physician studied the sign during an epidemic of cerebrospinal meningitis at Paris in 1898.

🔸Subsequently, Dr. Netter proved that this sign almost always present in meningitis but not as specific as Kernig had stated.

🔸Finally, it was Sir William Osler, who greatly simplified and improved this manoeuvre by demonstrating the sign in supine position.

A Day to Commemorate

A Wise Clinician

Dr. Vladimir Kernig 🙏

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