Adolf Wallenberg

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Adolf Wallenberg (10 November 1862 – 10 April 1949) was a German internist and neurologist.

Wallenberg was born in Preussisch Stargard. He studied at the universities of Heidelberg and Leipzig, receiving his doctorate from the latter institution in 1886. From 1886 to 1888 he worked as an assistant in the Städtisches Krankenhaus in Danzig, where he settled as a practitioner. From 1907 to 1928 he served as director of the internal medicine department at the hospital, attaining the title of professor in 1910. In order to escape Nazism he emigrated to Great Britain in 1938. He later relocated to the United States in 1943, where he died several years later in Manteno, Illinois.[1]

While working with Ludwig Edinger he described the avian brain, and also examined the role of the olfactory system in the assessment, recognition, and ingestion of food.[2]

He described the clinical manifestations (1895) and the autopsy findings (1901) in occlusions of the arteria cerebelli posterior inferior (Wallenberg's syndrome).[3][4]

With Edinger, and later alone, he published the "Jahresberichte über die Leistungen auf dem Gebiete der Anatomie des Zentralnervensystems" (1895–1928).[1] Since 1975 the "Adolf Wallenberg-Preis" has been awarded by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Neurologie for outstanding contributions made in the field of cerebrovascular disease, cerebral hemorrhage or cerebral metabolism.[5]

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  • Marianne Wallenberg-Chermak: Adolf Wallenberg. In Kurt Kolle (Hrsg.): Große Nervenärzte, Band 3. Georg Thieme: Stuttgart - New York, 1963.