Anton Jervell

Anton Jervell (1901 – 1987) was a Norwegian physician.

Along with Fred Lange-Nielsen, eponymously affiliated with Jervell and Lange-Nielsen syndrome (JLNS) first described in 1957

Clinical and research interests focused on cardiology with multiple publications on arrhythmias


  • Born 14 June 1901 Oslo, Norway. Son of a city treasurer.
  • 1936 – MD, thesis on ECG findings in myocardial infarction
  • 1942 – Senior Consultant of Medicine, Vestfold Hospital
  • 1947 – Director of the Vestfold Hospital
  • 1947-1967 – Chairman of Tønsberg’s circle of the Red Cross, passionate humanitarian
  • 1957-1971 – Professor of Internal Medicine Ullevål Hospital & University of Oslo
  • 1967 – Knight of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav
  • Died 29 December 1987

Medical Eponyms

Jervell and Lange-Nielsen syndrome (JLNS) (1957)

Congenital (autosomal recessive) long QT syndrome (LQTS) associated with severe, bilateral sensorineural hearing loss.Two genetic mutations identified encoding cardiac potassium channels. Due to high risk of sudden cardiac death ICD implantation is usually required

In 1957 – Norwegian Professor of Cardiology, Anton Jervell (1901-1987) with his colleague and jazz virtuoso Fred Lange-Nielsen (1919-1989) describe an autosomal recessive syndrome of long-QT interval with deafness and sudden death

Major Publications

  • Jervell A, Lange-Nielsen F. Congenital deaf-mutism, functional heart disease with prolongation of the Q-T interval and sudden death. Am Heart J. 1957 Jul;54(1):59-68. [PMID 13435203]
  • Jervell A. Pulseless disease. Am Heart J. 1954 May;47(5):780-4. [PMID 13148117]
  • Jervell A. [Extrasystole]. Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 1963 Feb 1;83:257-62. [PMID 13957694]
  • Jervell A. The surdo-cardiac syndrome. Eur Heart J. 1985 Nov;6 Suppl D:97-102. [PMID 2417856]


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