An early description of Crouzon syndrome in a manuscript written in 1828 by Franz Joseph Gall
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SourceJournal of the History of the Neurosciences, 29, 3, (2020), pp. 339-350
Article / Letter to editor
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Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
SubjectNeuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology; Neuro- en revalidatiepsychologie
Just a few weeks before his death in 1828, Franz Joseph Gall, the father of what others would later call phrenology, wrote a letter to an unknown person, presumably a fellow physician. The manuscript describes the case of girl, 19 months of age. The girl's skull showed marked deformations consistent with what would be called craniosynostosis or Crouzon('s) syndrome by physicians today. Gall related some clinical features of her case and suggested some treatment options. This case report is particularly interesting because it is almost 200 years old, predates Crouzon's description of the syndrome by 84 years, and shows that Gall was still involved with treating patients, even in his final year.
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