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What Can You Do About Stroke? – A leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. (Guest Post) RTH Stroke Foundation

July 19th, 2013 | 0

LogoHere’s a name you don’t hear every day: Johann Jakob Wepfer.  He was a Swiss pharmacologist and pathologist who lived from 1620 to 1695 — a remarkable life span for a person of that era.

He contributed many important things to the field of medicine.  He was the first to warn us that arsenic and mercury and some other things that I can’t pronounce really aren’t good for us. But his most important contribution was his study of the vascular anatomy of the brain which led to our understanding of what causes stroke.

Some time around 400 B.C., Hippocrates, the father of western medicine and the man who gives his name to the Hippocratic Oath, first recognized stroke, which at that time was called apoplexy. Because doctors didn’t connect the condition to the brain, the cause of apoplexy remained a medical mystery for centuries.

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