Re: Tay-Sachs- name used on 19th century European death records? #general #records


Nothing. It would not have been recognised as a specific disease separate from many other progressive neurological diseases in children (such as Sandhoff, Leigh syndrome and many others, as well as non genetic diseases such as meningitis) until around 1880, and even then most patients would not have been recognised as having a specific identifiable separate disease (that you could translate on a death record) for many decades after that. 

Dr Aubrey Blumsohn

Sheffield, UK

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