A Mental Institution Of The Nervous System Essay

3014 Words Jul 25th, 2015 13 Pages
On November 25, 1901, Karl Deter, husband of patient, Auguste Deter, enrolled her in a mental institution called Asylum for the Insane and Epileptic in Frankurt, Germany where she was to be examined for multiple symptoms that showed signs of the deterioration of memory. Deter, 51, had been suffering from things such as, hallucinations, unpredictable behavior, and paranoia. She was also missing her sense of orientation and experienced lack of communication skills. The first person to examine Deter was Dr. Aloysius “Alois” Alzheimer, who was particularly interested in disorders of the nervous system. Dr. Alzheimer was a German psychiatrist and neuropathologist who had spent five months assisting mentally ill women until he took the job at the mental asylum. From the moment Deter was enrolled into the hospital, Dr. Alzheimer, investigated her case even after her death. Dr. Alzheimer kept the patient records and brought Deter’s brain to Munich where he worked in Emil Kraepelin’s, a German psychiatrist’s, lab. Dr. Alzheimer used staining techniques and identified amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles. Kraepelin released a medical textbook with the findings of Dr. Alzheimer’s findings and called the disease “Alzheimer’s disease,” which made him famous. By 1911, the description of the disease was being used by physicians to diagnose patients. Alzheimer’s is known as, a brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out the…

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