I discuss issues pertaining to the practice of neuropathology -- including nervous system tumors, neuroanatomy, neurodegenerative disease, muscle and nerve disorders, ophthalmologic pathology, neuro trivia, neuropathology gossip, job listings and anything else that might be of interest to a blue-collar neuropathologist.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Is it possible that Lou Gehrig did not have ALS?
Neuropathologist Ann McKee (pictured) is back in the news today with a fascinating article about trauma-related motor neuron disease as a distinct entity from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ALS is also known as "Lou Gehrig's disease". The implication is that, with all the head trauma he sustained both in baseball and in college football, Lou Gehrig himself may not have had ALS, but rather trauma-related motor neuron disease! Read more here from today's New York Times.