Charles Miller Fisher

Charles Miller Fisher (1913-2012)

Charles Miller Fisher (1913 – 2012) was a Canadian neurologist.

Miller Fisher wrote extensively on cerebrovascular disease; identified common rhythm disorders of the heart as potential cause of cerebrovascular accident.

Most remembered for his 1956 description of Miller Fisher syndrome, an acquired nerve disease that is considered to be a variant of Guillain-Barré syndrome.


  • Born 5 December 1913 Waterloo, Ontario
  • 1938 – MD, University of Toronto Medical School
  • WW II – German prison camp for three and a half years. Doctor for the other prisoners he learned German which greatly enhanced his reviews of the neurological literature when he returned home to Canada
  • Montreal General Hospital
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Died 14 April 2012

Medical Eponyms

  • Miller Fisher syndrome (1956). Rare, acquired nerve disease considered to be a variant of Guillain-Barré syndrome.
  • Heel-Shin test (Heel-knee test) (1961) In the legs, the heel–knee test with Fisher’s modification (tapping the shin with the heel of the other leg as well as running the heel down the length of the shin) is the only test in common usage

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