Category: Curiosities

Apoplexy and Stroke – Characteristics and History

The old, very popular, and quite international term apoplexy (or its equivalents “apoplectic attack,” “apoplectic ictus,” and “ictus”) today generally means stroke. The word “apoplexy” comes from the Greek meaning “stroke” and “to strike.”...

Anthrax – Characteristics and History

Anthrax is an acute zoonotic disease, primarily of herbivorous animals, which is transmissible to humans. The causative organism is Bacillus anthracis, often referred to in earlier, and especially in French, texts as bact´eridie, the...

Amebic Dysentery – Characteristics and History

Amebiasis is an infection of the colon caused by a parasitic protozoan, the ameba Entamoeba histolytica. Several species of ameba inhabit the large intestine. Most are harmless commensals or minor parasites, usually causing little...

Ainhum History

The word ainhum is derived from a term in the Nagos language of East Africa meaning “to saw.” It describes the development of constrict-ing bands about digits, almost always the fifth, or smallest, toe,...