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


Yes that term (Amaurotic Familial Idiocy) was used for about 20 years before the disease was really identified, but the original question was about the 19th century. Between about 1870 and 1900 this term might have been used for a few cases by very astute clinicians -- I'm guessing but I would have thought just a dozens of cases. However if this exact term was used AND there was a family history I'd imagine that this was the diagnosis. I think that by 1900 only about 100 or so cases had been described worldwide (albeit there would have been many others that had not been identified as such). 

Was this death certificate in the 1800s?

Aubrey Blumsohn


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