Esther Lillian Bloomberg (1907 – 1997) was an American technical chemist.

Eponymously remembered for her work into Albright-Butler-Bloomberg disease (1937).

  • 1907 – Born Esther Lillian Bloomberg on August 12, in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1929 – BS, Simmons College
  • 1931 – Technical chemist to the Department of Biochemical Research, Evans Memorial
  • 1937 – Technical chemist to the Medical Service of the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School under Fuller Albright (1900-1969)
  • 1938 – Married to Leo Gordon (15th May), known as Esther B. Gordon
  • 1997 – Died September 27, in Sharon, Norfolk County, Massachusetts

Medical Eponyms
Albright-Butler-Bloomberg disease (1937)

Syndrome of X-linked, severe developmental anomolies, marked by short-limbed dwarfism affecting the lower extremities, first described by Albright, Butler and Bloomberg in 1937.

Onset usually takes place after six months with commonest features including costochondral beading, enlarged wrists and ankles, enamel hypoplasia, and delayed dentition. Associated disorders include waddling gait, protuberant abdomen and, less commonly, dolicocephaly and craniosynostosis.

Metabolic disturbance of hypophosphatemia, elevated serum alkaline phosphatase, diminished tubular reabsorption of phosphate (hyperphosphaturia) and diminished intestinal absorption of calcium. The condition is resistant to Vitamin-D therapy.

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Eponymous Term

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