Title:
A HistoricalVignette “Be proud of yourself: you have a History!” History of Osteogenesis Imperfecta or Brittle Bone Disease: a few stops on a road 3000 years long
Authors:
J. Tainmont
Institutions:
Winston ChurchillAvenue 172, Box 9, 1180 Brussels, Belgium
Keywords:
Osteogenesis Imperfecta; Brittle Bone disease; history of medicine; Adair-Dighton disease; surgery of deafness; genetic disease; Collagen disease
Pages:
157 - 173
Abstract:
History of Osteogenesis Imperfecta or Brittle Bone Disease: a few stops on a road 3000 years long . The attested history of osteogenesis imperfecta began three thousand years ago and it continues down to the present day. Through the centuries, we find a dislocated mummy of a child of Ancient Egypt, a young Arab named Satib, a Viking prince known as “Boneless”, a subject of Louis XIV with a broken skeleton and finally, in the 20th century, a young deaf mother with blue sclerotics and a jazz pianist unable to walk except on crutches… Without being exhaustive, this review of contrasting cases attests to the universality and to the permanency of this disease.
Issue:
Vol. 3, 2007, 3rd trimester


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A HistoricalVignette “Be proud of yourself: you have a History!” History of Osteogenesis Imperfecta or Brittle Bone Disease: a few stops on a road 3000 years long