I wanted to share with you a recent happening in my life. I’m in Munich to attend a conference on smoking cessation but realised on entering that the venue is in the Department of Psychiatry at the Ludwig Maximilian University. At first this was not a big deal, not that it really registered. However, as I was walking to the first keynote, I was greeted by Prof Dr Emil Kraepelin!!
It turns out, I’m in the department which Kraepelin started and later a person named Prof Dr Aloys Alzheimer was also a faculty member here. Yes, that Alzheimer’s!!!
So I wanted to share some pictures and a video with you about this so you too can experience what I did. For my students and trainees, you will want to watch this.
Now, for others here, you might be wondering Kraepelin who? Alzheimer’s? Well these two psychiatrists did wonders for the field. One defined what we now understand as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and the difference between the two. He described schizophrenia as dementia praecox and bipolar as a separate entity. We still use his understanding until now. The other person found the cause of a neurodegenerative disorder of the brain which caused people in late life to lose their memory. His work has allowed us to better understand the brain and as a result have massive research programs to be set up allowing people with this illness to prolong their memory and thinking with new medical inventions and discovery.
Hope you enjoy the video. Another video on the Head of Department introducing his department is in my Facebook feed too.