Jan Gösta Waldenström (1906 – 1996)

Jan Gösta Waldenström (1906-1996) was a Swedish physician.

First to describe the disease which bears his name, Waldenström macroglobulinemia. Pivotal in the discovery and classification of the various forms of porphyria in addition to pioneering the classification of gammopathies as ‘monoclonal‘ vs. ‘polyclonal‘.

Son of Johann Henning Waldenström (1877-1972) Professor of orthopedic surgery

  • Born on April 17, 1906 Stockholm, Sweden. Son of Johann Henning Waldenström (1877-1972) Professor of orthopedic surgery
  • 1937 – Graduated with M.D. from Uppsala University; studied organic chemistry in the laboratory of Nobel Prize winner Hans Fischer (1881-1945) at the Technische Hochschule in Munich
  • 1941 – Professor of medicine, Uppsala University
  • 1944 – Professor of internal medicine, Lund University; chief physician, Department of Medicine in Malmö
  • 1966 – Honorary member of the Royal Society of Medicine, London
  • 1972 – Retired from clinical work
  • 1973-1981 Editor in chief of Acta Medica Scandinavica now known as Journal of Internal Medicine
  • Honorary degrees from Universities of Oxford, Freiburg, Oslo, Paris, Dublin, Mainz, London, Innsbruck, and Poitier
  • Died on December 1, 1996

Medical Eponyms
Waldenström macroglobulinemia (1944)

Proliferation of immunoglobulin M, elevated serum viscosity, and a lymphoplasmacytic infiltrate in the bone marrow

long standing hyperglobulineamia and severe anaemia. In the bone marrow sternal puncture only revealed some plasma cells clustered together and never any roentgenological signs of myeloma

Waldenström JG in Incipient myelomatosis or «essential» hyperglobulinemia with fibrinogenopenia—a new syndrome? 1944.

Other Eponyms

  • Waldenström uveoparotitis (1937) – a clinical manifestation of sarcoidosis characterised by bilateral iritis and parotitis similar to Heerfordt syndrome
  • Waldenström hyperglobulinaemia (1943) – a chronic autoimmune syndrome marked by relapsing, nonthrombocytopenic purpuric eruptions appearing over the lower limbs
  • Waldenström disease (1945) – acute thyrotoxicosis with muscular and cerebral complications, most commonly seen in elderly patients and associated with iodine deficiency
  • Waldenström hepatitis (1950) – a form of chronic active hepatitis predominantly affecting girls during or shortly after puberty

Major Publications




the person behind the name

BA MA (Oxon) MBChB (Edin) FACEM FFSEM. Emergency physician, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.  Passion for rugby; medical history; medical education; and asynchronous learning #FOAMed evangelist. Co-founder and CTO of Life in the Fast lane | Eponyms | Books | Twitter |

U.K trained doctor currently working in ED in Perth my interests include all things acute medicine.

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