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Kallmann Syndrome & Mental Deficiency

February 10, 2011

The first medical paper to use the name Kallmann syndrome was published in 1944 in the unfortunately titled magazine “American Journal of Mental Deficiency”.

It was first thought that Kallmann Syndrome was linked to a marked level of mental incompetence. This is NOT the case.

The fact that the few people in the first paper had Kallmann syndrome and mental problems was a coincidence and not a direct result of having Kallmann syndrome.

There is no link between intelligence, mental awareness and having Kallmann syndrome.

  1. Alex W. permalink

    It doesn’t help that the Powers That Be decided to name the condition after Kallmann, a researcher into schizophrenia, rather than any of the other (and earlier) researchers….

    • Quite agree, Franz Kallmann was more of a psychiatrist than a physician. He was one of the first to come up with idea of linking genetics to certain mental disorders. Some of his studies and methods might be looked on in a different way these days, especially considered some of the people he was taught by in his native Germany in the early 1900’s.

      It could be argued that the Spanish doctor, Aureliano Maestre de San Juan, made the first diagnosis of what is now known as Kallmann syndrome in the 1850’s linking the lack of sense of smell to poor sexual development. I think the condition is still known by his name in some Spanish speaking countries.

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