100 Years Ago…

~ 2010…..
This year’s event is particularly meaningful because, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, it was 100 years ago (November 1910), that the Archives of Internal Medicine published a report by Dr. James B. Herrick titled ‘Peculiar Elongated and Sickle-shaped Red Blood Corpuscles in a Case of Severe Anemia’. In this groundbreaking study, Dr. Herrick described the experience of a young dental student from Grenada attending the Chicago College of Dental Surgery. Soon after arriving to dental school, the student sought medical attention and the abnormal shaped red blood cells in the student were first noted. These cells, along with anemia and symptoms typical of the disease soon became known as ‘sickle cell anemia’. This year marks the 100th anniversary of this important case report. (http://www.cdc.gov/features/sicklecell/)

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