Dr. Crohn And "The" Disease

Dr. Crohn and his research. How this type of colitis was first documented.

This doctor named a new disease in the 1930s. Was he the first one to recognize it?


Some sources say that in 1913 Dr. Dalziel probably recognized this disease before. Dr. Dalziel noticed that there is a disease that is different from then known disease called intestinal tuberculosis. Intestinal tuberculosis can be caused by Mycobacteria paratuberculosis.

Dr.Dalziel believed that this disease was so similar to intestinal tuberculosis that it was probably also caused by Mycobacterium. He could not prove that theory after analyzing the tissues samples (this bacterium was not showing up). Later on the three doctors investigating this disease also believed that the cause of this disease was mycobacterium paratuberculosis (MAP) as an infectious and contagious pathogen. Later, he classified this disease (often misspelled as Chrons disease, Krons disease and Chromes disease) with no mycobacterium origin because it was not possible to demonstrate visible bacteria. Recently, this theory has resurfaced and being investigated thoroughly. To read more about this possible cause, click on Mycobacterium.

Who is really this special doctor that gave the disease his own name? His name is Burrill Bernard Crohn. He was born on June 13Th, 1884 in New York. He died on July 29, 1983 in Connecticut. This doctor was highly respected and had many patients in the United States and even Europe. He was a Jewish-American gastroenterologist. In 1932, this doctor together with two other doctors, Dr. Leon Ginzburg and Dr. Gordon Oppenheimer, published a study describing the features of the then somewhat unknown condition. These doctors looked at fourteen cases and categorized them under Terminal Ileitis, then changed to Regional Ileitis. Doctor Crohn’s name appeared first in the published study most likely because the names of the three doctors were written in alphabetical order. The name of the disease came about as "his" disease probably by fate.







He was a gastroenterologist in Mount Sinai Hospital in New York (that’s where he operated on his patients). Overtime he became chief of the gastroenterology department in Mount Sinai Hospital where he had a great practice treating patients with granulomatous enterocolitis.

After retirement, Dr. Crohn moved to Connecticut and spent his remaining life away from publicity. How much more publicity did he need if a serious illness was named after him?

This inflammatory bowel disease affects about half a million people in North America. The cause of this disease is still unknown. Now, over 70 years later, there are plenty of treatment options on the market. Practically nobody dies from this autoimmune disease anymore if you regularly get treated. But, why the numbers of newly diagnosed patients increase every day?

Crohns Surgery. Why patients have more and more surgeries? What are the facts? Read this page.

Let’s get proactive, learn more holistic options and hope for the cure very soon! We are living with this disease and our everyday choices can make a difference between having flare-ups or being in remission!


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