Emil Kraepelin Proposes Naming New Disease "Alzheimer's Disease
In 1910, Emil Kraepelin proposed naming this new disease after Alzheimer.
In 1910, Kraepelin coined the term 'Alzheimer's disease' – a term still used to refer to the most common cause of senile dementia.
Another irony is that it may have been somebody else who 'discovered' Alzheimer's Disease. The condition had already been described by Oskar Fischer, Francesco Bonfiglio and Graetano Perusini, and it was largely due to Emil Kraepelin, Alzheimer's boss at the clinic in Munich, that the condition bears Alzheimer's name. Kraepelin, who first classified schizophrenia, included Alzheimer's description of Auguste Deter's symptoms and pathology in the eighth edition of his book Psychiatrie, which was published in 1910. In that book, Kraepelin calls the condition 'Alzheimer's Disease' for the first time
the autopsy reveals, according to Alzheimer's description, changes that represent the most serious form of senile dementia....the Drusen [amyloid plaques?] were numerous and almost one-third of the cortical cells had died off. In their place instead we found peculiar deeply stained fibrillary bundles that were closely packed to one another, and seemed to be remnants of degenerated cell bodies...The clinical interpretation of this Alzheimer's disease is still confused. ”— Emil Kraepelin