Saturday, July 22, 2006
Any good scientist starts at the begining....

I would like to introduce Jean Martin Charcot(1825-1893) was a French neurologist, considered the father of clinical neurology, born in Paris, and educated at the University of Paris. In 1856 he was appointed physician to the Central Bureau of Hospitals. In 1860 he became Professor of Pathological Anatomy in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Paris. Two years later he joined the staff of the Salpêtriÿre Hospital, and he opened the most highly regarded neurological clinic of his day, unique in Europe.

Charcot is considered by some the founder of modern neurology. He made many important observations on neurological diseases, differentiated multiple sclerosis and paralysis agitans, and wrote on many neurological subjects. In 1868, he made the first diagnosis of MS and the Clinico-Pathological definition stated by Dr. Jean Martin Charcot still holds today.
He specialized in the study of hysteria, locomotor ataxia, hypnosis, and aphasia. Cerebrospinal sclerosis was named Charcot's disease after him. Achieving international fame, Charcot became an honorary member of the American Neurological Association in 1881. He attracted pupils and scientists from all over the world. His most celebrated pupil was Sigmund Freud.

Charcot took an interest in the malady then called hysteria. It seemed to be a mental disorder with physical manifestations, of immediate interest to a neurologist. He believed that hysteria was the result of a weak neurological system which was hereditary. It could be set off by a traumatic event like an accident, but was then progressive and irreversible. To study the hysterics under his care, he learned the technique of hypnosis and soon became a master of the relatively new "science." Charcot believed that a hypnotized state was very similar to a bout of hysteria, and so he hypnotized his patients in order to induce and study their symptoms. He did not plan to cure them by hypnosis -- in fact, he felt that only hysterics could be hypnotized. He would hypnotize patients for groups of students and others, gaining the nickname "the Napoleon of the neuroses.
*****Sound garden****
Well? The first nero and the first ms case! Do I rock? I had the idea that ms was caused by nuclear testing and humans messing with splitting the atom but checking the dates for the first nuclear sort of gets rid of that idea! Unless...There are several ways nuclear pollution happens...Take the steam engine for example. Burning coal as a fuel caused the greatest pollution in the 1800's. The effect caused our greatest damage to ozone layer. Holes in the ozone layer will let Gamma radition through causing lots of things to humans, cancer being one...What about ms? I need to look into this a bit further but something to think about eh?
Hope this helps and you are all well!
posted by personallog! @ 8:38 am  
  • At 4:12 pm, Blogger amanda said…

    hmmmm....that's rather interesting. Good Job on the research front.

    Hope that you are doing well!!! Love ya and miss ya.

  • At 4:23 pm, Blogger personallog! said…

    Cheers babe, that means alot! Thats the one thing we can do well.....Love with all are heart! We are still human after all!


  • At 5:30 pm, Blogger Jaime said…

    Great post! Thanks for keeping all of us so informed. This is great information that is helpful to each one of us. Have fun tonight and don't over do things! Stay cool and take care. Love ya!


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