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Who Discovered Hemophilia?


Hemophilia is a type of inherited genetic disorder that damages the ability of the body to manage the clotting of blood that is used in stopping bleeding the moment blood vessels stop functioning.

The first ever definition of hemophilia was given by Dr. John Conrad Otto who was a Philadelphian physician. In 1803, he distributed a treatise called “An account of a hemorrhagic disposition that exists in some families.” Otto evidently welcomed the three basic components of hemophilia; inherited bleeding tendencies in the male species.

In 1952, hemophilia B was specifically differentiated from the other common types and is frequently called the Christmas disease following the name of the first child who suffered from this condition.

Sometimes, the condition is called the royal disease since numerous many noble members in Europe suffered from the disorder. Later in 1720, he traced the pedigree of the initially evaluated to a female who lived in New Hampshire, close to Plymouth. On the other hand, ‘hemophilia’ was first used in 1828 by a man called Hopff in an account of that condition. At that time, Hopff was still a student at the Zurich University.

Queen Victoria did not have ancestors who suffered from hemophilia but immediately after her eighth born in 1853, it was obvious that the boy, Leopold, suffered from the disorder. She therefore was used as an illustration of how hemophilia could occur as an impulsive mutation. The son later passed on when he was thirty one years old.



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