C. Miller Fisher
Charles Miller Fisher, usually known as C. Miller Fisher (December 5, 1913, Waterloo, Ontario – April 14, 2012, Albany, New York) was a neurologist whose notable contributions include the first detailed descriptions of lacunar strokes, the identification of transient ischemic attacks as stroke precursors, the identification of the link between carotid atherosclerosis and stroke, and the description of a variant form of Guillain–Barré syndrome which bears his name.
Education and Career
Fisher received a B.A. from Victoria University in Toronto in 1935. He then attended the University of Toronto Medical School, where he received his M.D. in 1938. He continued training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal.
During World War II, Fisher served as a surgical lieutenant in the Canadian Navy, and was aboard the HMS Voltaire when it was sunk by German gunfire in 1941 off the coast of Cape Verde. Fisher was captured and spent 3.5 years in a German prison camp, until late 1944 when he was released.
Following his return to Canada, Fisher initially returned to the Royal Victoria Hospital. In 1946 he worked as a Fellow at the Montreal Neurological Institute. He later began working at Massachusetts General Hospital on the stroke service, beginning a long career in stroke neurology.
Fisher is credited with describing the clinical syndrome of the transient ischemic attack ("mini-stroke"). Fisher proved, by a series of pathological studies, the relationship between stroke and the formation of blood clots in the heart in patients with atrial fibrillation. He also showed the relationship between stroke and carotid artery stenosis, which made preventive surgery possible and greatly reduced the incidence of subsequent strokes.] He was a founder of Massachusetts General Hospital Stroke Service. Fisher is the namesake of the Harvard Neurology Residency Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. He contributed greatly towards the current use of anticoagulants for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation.
He contributed greatly to the understanding of stroke, more specifically carotid artery disease and lacunar infarcts and their syndromes. With regards to the lacunar syndromes he described the concept, the "pure motor stroke", the "pure sensory stroke", and the mechanism underlying the different stroke syndromes.
He made a number of contributions to the understanding of cervical artery dissection (carotid artery dissection and vertebral artery dissection) in the 1970s, and that of subarachnoid hemorrhage due to cerebral aneurysms.
C. Miller Fisher was married to Doris M. Fisher for 68 years until her death in 2008. He had two sons and one daughter.
Awards and Honors
Fisher died April 14 in St. Peter’s Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Albany, New York. He was 98 years old.
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- Fisher CM, Curry HB (July 1965). "Pure motor hemiplegia of vascular origin". Arch. Neurol. 13: 30–44. doi:10.1001/archneur.1965.00470010034005. PMID 14314272.
- Fisher CM (January 1965). "Pure sensory stroke involving face, arm and leg". Neurology 15: 76–80. doi:10.1212/wnl.15.1.76. PMID 14257831.
- Fisher CM (December 1968). "The arterial lesions underlying lacunes". Acta Neuropathol. 12 (1): 1–15. doi:10.1007/BF00685305. PMID 5708546.
- Fisher CM (August 1982). "Lacunar strokes and infarcts: a review". Neurology 32 (8): 871–6. doi:10.1212/wnl.32.8.871. PMID 7048128.
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