07 March 2019

7th March 1857 - Julius Wagner von Jauregg was born


On March 1857 Julius Wagner von Jauregg was born.

Wagner von Jauregg won the Nobel prize in 1927 for his discovery of the therapeutic value of inoculating malaria to treat paralysis of the insane (a severe neuropsychiatric disorder found in late syphilis.)

He studied medicine at the University of Vienna between 1874 and 1880. In 1917, after observing over three decades how patients with paralysis of the insane improved when they suffered from fever, he used the malaria parasite to create the fever and improve the condition.

Thankyou to Today in Psychology History for the date.

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