Friday, June 8, 2018

Adolf Weil

Adolf Weil (7 February 1848 – 23 July 1916) was a professor of Medicine at Heidelberg University.

In the year 1883 leptospirosis was noted to be an occupational disease of the sewer workers. In 1886, Adolf Weil first reported leptospirosis as a syndrome characterized by splenomegaly, jaundice and nephritis that is now commonly reported as Weil’s disease and is synonymous with leptospirosis.

He published four cases of an acute febrile illness associated with jaundice, severe neurological symptoms, hepato-splenomegaly and renal involvement; the course was short and recovery rapid. The term “Weil’s disease” was coined by Goldsmith.
Adolf Weil

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