Samuel Alexander Kinnier Wilson

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Samuel Alexander Kinnier Wilson
Samuel Alexander Kinnier Wilson.jpg
Born (1878-12-06)December 6, 1878
Cedarville, New Jersey, U.S.
Died May 12, 1937(1937-05-12) (aged 58)
London, England
Known for First to describe Wilson's disease
Parents James Kinnier Wilson

Samuel Alexander Kinnier Wilson (December 6, 1878 – May 12, 1937) was an American born-British neurologist who was the first to describe Wilson's disease. He was the father of British Assyriologist James Kinnier Wilson.

Biography[edit]

He was born in Cedarville, New Jersey. A year after Wilson's birth, his father died and his family moved to Edinburgh. In 1902 he graduated with an M.B. from the University of Edinburgh Medical School, and during the following year he received his B.Sc. in physiology. Afterwards he traveled to Paris, where he studied with neurologists Pierre Marie (1853–1940) and Joseph Babinski (1857–1932). In 1905 he relocated to London, where he worked as registrar and pathologist at the National Hospital, Queens Square. Later, he was appointed professor of neurology at King's College Hospital.

Wilson specialized in clinical neurology, and made important contributions in his studies of epilepsy, narcolepsy, apraxia and speech disorders. He described hepatolenticular degeneration in his Gold Medal winning M.D. dissertation of 1912 titled "Progressive lenticular degeneration" from the University of Edinburgh Medical School.[1] He was honored for his research of the disease, and afterwards the disorder became known as "Wilson's disease". In his treatise, he is credited for introducing the term "extrapyramidal" into neurological medicine.

Wilson published several influential works in the field of neurology, and in 1920 was founding editor of the "Journal of Neurology and Psychopathology", later to become known as the "Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry". In 1940, his two-volume work, "Neurology", was published posthumously.

Just before his death, Sir Charles Sherrington (1857–1952) had been working with Dr. Edgar Adrian (later Lord Adrian of Cambridge, 1889-1977) on getting him elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kinnier Wilson SA (1912). "Progressive lenticular degeneration: a familial nervous disease associated with cirrhosis of the liver". Brain 34 (1): 295–507. doi:10.1093/brain/34.4.295. 
  2. ^ Reynolds EH (2008). "Kinnier Wilson and Sherrington". J. Neurol. Neurosurg. Psychiatr. 79 (4): 478–9. doi:10.1136/jnnp.2007.133298. PMID 18344400. 

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