Who..was lou gehrig the 1st person to get lous gehrig's disease?

Was lou gehrig the first person to get the disease or did they just name it after him because he was popular & gave his speech?

Answer #1

Lou Gehrig was not the first person to get Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. It is really only called Lou Gehrigs disease in the US. This is only due to his popularity. (ALS) is often referred to as Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in England and Australia. In France it is called Maladie de Charcot after the French doctor Jean-Martin Charcot, who first wrote about ALS in 1869.

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