History of Guillain Barre Syndrome

The first and precise incident of Guillain Barre Syndrome was reported on 1859 by Jean Baptiste Octave Landry de Thezillat. Landry de Thezillat published a report of 10 patients with ascending paralysis. Until 1876 ”Landry”s ascending paralysis” was the only term used for this illness.

Jean-Alexander Barre, Georges Charles Guillain with Andre Strohl researched on this life threatening disease during the World War I. These three French physicians carefully recorded and interpreted the muscle reflexes of their patients. They identified the illness to be associated with the peripheral nerves. In 1916 they published the very first comprehensive detailed classic paper on this syndrome. Strohl”s contributions to the research were not acknowledged, and his name was not included in 1916 research paper. In 1927 two doctors worked on this classic paper, the recognized disease was later named Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS).

Presently there are several types of Guillain Barre Syndrome, however the most common form victimize middle aged or older people. But this cruel disease is not just limited to any age, sex, race or religion. People of all age group are equally affected by it.

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