Karl Ekbom

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Karl Alex Ekbom (1907 - 1977) described two syndromes which retain his name. He practised in Stockholm (from 1937 at the Serafimer Hospital), initially being associate professor of Neurology between 1945 and 1957 at the Karolinska Institute then moved to a full professorship at the University of Uppsala north of Stockholm. The more common Ekbom's syndrome is the eponymous description of restless legs syndrome. A case series of 70 cases was described in 1950 with the current name[1], but his first publication was in 1944[2]. The condition had been described by 1685 by Thomas Willis in his Practice of Physick[3] and in 1861 Whittmaack used the term anxietas tibiarum.


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