Hermann Oppenheim

Hermann Oppenheim (1858-1919) was a German neurologist.

Oppenheim’s Lehrbuch der Nervenkrankheiten was a significant medical text. It ran to seven German editions and was translated into Russian, Spanish, Italian, and English.

Eponymously affiliated with Oppenheim disease (1900) (Amyotonia congenita) and Oppenheim sign (1902). He was the first to define Restless Leg Syndrome as a neurological illness and to recognize a familial component

  • Born 1858
  • Died 1919

Medical Eponyms
  • Oppenheim disease (1900) (Amyotonia congenita)
  • Oppenheim sign (1902)

Key Medical Attributions

Oppenheim drew attention to the association of spasticity with hyper-reflexia

Stiffness, rigidity, or spastic condition of the muscles can be recognised from exaggeration of the tendon phenomenon

Major Publications

  • Pearce JMS. Hermann Oppenheim (1858-1919). J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2003 May;74(5):569. [PMC1738441]

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