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Neuropathologists are the physicians who specialize in the study and diagnosis of diseases related to the brain, nerves, and spine. Neuropathology is a highly specialized field of medical science and modern neuropathologists are required to possess a medical doctorate as well specialty in the specific field. There are many neuropathologists around the world who have made important contributions to this field. Spanish pathologist Santiago Ramón y Cajal is regarded as a pioneer of modern neuroscience. He specialized in neuroanatomy, particularly the histology of the central nervous system. He was honoured with the Nobel Prize in 1906. Another early contributor to this field was German psychiatrist Aloysius Alzheimer, who is credited with identifying the first published case of "presenile dementia" or “Alzheimer's disease” as it is known today. Pioneering African-American physician and psychiatrist Solomon Carter Fuller also made valuable contributions to the study of diseases related to the brain and nervous system. Another eminent medical professional who is considered a pioneer in the field of neuropathology is German psychiatrist Emil Kraepelin who is hailed as the founder of modern scientific psychiatry, psychopharmacology and psychiatric genetics. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous neuropathologists from all over the world.
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(Forensic Pathologist Known for His Research in ‘Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy’ in American Football Players)
Birthdate: September 30, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Idemili South, Nigeria
Nigerian-American physician, forensic-pathologist and neuropathologist Bennet Omalu is most-noted for discovering chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in American football players. He was serving at Allegheny County coroner's office in Pittsburgh at that time. He presently serves as President and Medical Director of Bennet Omalu Pathology, chief medical examiner for San Joaquin County, and as professor at the University of California, Davis.
Birthdate: June 14, 1864
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: December 19, 1915
German psychiatrist and neuropathologist Alois Alzheimer is noted for identifying the first published case of presenile dementia, which his colleague and German psychiatrist Emil Kraepelin later identified as Alzheimer's disease. Alois publicly discussed his findings on brain pathology and symptoms of presenile dementia in late-1906 and penned a larger paper giving details of the disease and his findings in 1907.