Adolph Seeligmüller’s contribution to myotonia congenita Thomsen

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The papers by Thomsen and Seeligmüller were not the first studies describing the symptoms of the disease later called myotonia congenita. This has already been mentioned by Thomsen himself in 1876 and later by Strümpell in 1881 [1, 3]. Seeligmüller also reported earlier descriptions of “muscle tension” by Benedict [2, 4]. In the introduction of his paper Thomsen quoted Charles Bell (1774-1842) [1]. In his opinion Bell has found an “approximate” description of symptoms of a nearly similar disease to the one Thomsen described in more detail in his paper [1].

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