Today In Medical History – February 20

(1759) German physician, physiologist, anatomist, and psychiatrist Johann Christian Reil is born. He coined the term psychiatry and was the first to describe the locus coeruleus, a nucleus in the brainstem which plays an important role in stress and panic.

(1889) Turkish dermatologist and scientist Hulusi Behçet is born. He described Behçet’s disease, a rare, immune system-mediated disease characterised by inflammation of the blood vessels.

(1893) American attorney and psychologist Elizabeth Holloway Marston is born. She is known for being an inspiration for the Wonder Woman comics, and for her contribution to the development of the systolic blood pressure test.

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