German disease: Syphilis. Depending upon someone’s thoughts as to where the disease came from, syphilis was also known as the French, Italian, Spanish and Polish disease.
- German measles (historical note)
German measles (historical note): In 1941 N. M. Gregg, an Australian ophthalmologist, recognized that infection of the mother with German measles (rubella) during early pregnancy could malform an embryo and cause a characteristic syndrome of congenital malformations. The first feature Dr. Greeg noticed was cataracts. Gregg published his pioneering observations in 1942. Rapid progress in […]
- German measles vaccine
German measles vaccine: A vaccine designed to prevent rubella, or German measles. German measles was once seen merely as a child’s unpleasant rite of passage. It was thought to be a mild malady that was usually over and done in three days. So what? Then an outbreak of rubella began in 1964. It lasted two […]
- German measles immunization
German measles immunization: The standard MMR vaccine is given to prevent measles, mumps and rubella (German measles). The MMR vaccine is now given in two dosages. The first should be given at 12-15 months of age. The second vaccination should be given at 4-6 years. Most children should receive MMR vaccinations. Exceptions may include children […]
Germanium: A nonessential trace element that has caused nephrotoxicity (kidney injury) and death when used chronically by humans, even at recommended levels of use. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (the FDA) warns that products containing germanium have been “labeled for drug use (e.g., with claims that they are intended for use in the diagnosis, […]
Germinoma: A rare cancer of the germ cells (the tissue that normally differentiates to become the eggs or sperm cells).