Today July 7th in Medicine!

I have enjoyed the Sherlock Holmes series and also the movies about him.
This Day in 1852 was the birthday of Sherlock Holmes’ sidekick, Dr. Watson
Dr. John H. Watson is his proper name.
The man that was noted for writing these stories was Conan Doyle was born in Scotland in 1859 and he studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh. One of his professors he studied under had extraordinary deductive powers and this inspired him in the character Sherlock Holmes.

On this Day in 1942 during World War II Heinrich Himmler who was the architect of Hitler’s extermination of the Jews and also many Jehovah’s Witnesses began medical experiments on prisoners at Auschwitz.
He used physicians to experiment on women in the Auschwitz concentration camps and to extend this investigation on males.
These experiments would take the form of sterilization by using large doses of radiation injections. They also decided using X rays to see how they would castrate men and used this on male prisoners. Adolf Hitler was the mastermind behind all this and he endorsed this plan on the condition that it remained top secret. He was a very sick individual!

I wanted to include this information on Dementia because my father-in-law is suffering from this disease at the age of 90. This information is about Dementia trends in England and Wales. It is estimated that there would be a dramatic increase in the number of people with dementia by 2040.
Because the most prominent risk factor for dementia is aging, the urgent need to address the public health challenges of dementia is heightened worldwide. In 2015, nearly 47 million people around the world had dementia. If age and sex specific prevalence of dementia stays constant over time, there will be 130 million cases by 2050.

I was watching 60 minutes about a month ago and they had a group of people in Ecuador, South America that had early dementia that started in their 40’s. The doctors went back in their ancestry all the way to the 1800’s. When checking they found out that over 60% of their family line end up with Early Dementia.
The dementia is caused by a deformed gene. Whoever has that deformed gene will get early demenia in their 40’s. What the doctors decided whether right or wrong is that when testing all the individuals in that family if they had the deformed gene they would not tell them.

Would you want to know? I know that I would so that you could make an educated decision on whether to get married and or to even have children. Because I wouldn’t want to pass the possibility of having the deformed gene on to my children.
This is alot to think about.

Thank you,

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