SCHEISSENHAUSEN Gustav Adolph (8th June 1864 – 9th September 1945) German metabolic physician, after whom Scheissenhausen’s Disease is named.

Gustav Adolph Scheissenhausen was born in Marktbreit, Bavaria on 8th June 1864 where his father was a night soil engineer and his mother a haus frau.
Coincidentally, Marktbreit was the home town of Alois Altzheimer (14 June 1864 – 19 December 1915). (Both Scheissenhausen and Altzheimer were distantly related to Karl Friedrich Hieronymus Freiherr (Baron) von Münchhausen.)

The two famous physicians were in the same class at the same school and entered the same university (Wurzburg) to study medicine, Scheissenhausen becoming a metabolic physician and Altzheimer a neurologist.
In 1917, while the country was in the grip of what would later become known as the First World War, Dr. Scheissenhausen observed that an increasing number of German men and women were being referred to him with a mysterious illness that included the symptoms of lethargy, headaches, insomnia, belly ache, obesity and running out of puff when gardening. In a speech given to the Deutsche Institut für Metabolische Dysfunktion on 18th April 1922, he was able to identify for the first time the pathology and the clinical symptoms of what would many years later become Scheissenhausen’s Syndrome.
Despite the rise of Nazism, which curtailed medical research expenditure, Scheissenhausen pressed on, attending to patients, making observations, filling filing cabinets with notes and writing articles about the mysterious syndrome that few people had the opportunity to read in German medical journals of the time.
Eventually on 9th of September 1945 he succumbed to the dysfunction for which he would become famous.

It was not until 2011 that German born Australian metabolic health researcher, Frederich Nurk, on holidays in Europe and having coffee and kuchen at the Scheissenhausen Institute in Marktbriet had a chance encounter with Scheissenhausen’s son Hans, that led to the filing cabinets containing Scheissenhausen’s life's work.
The rest, as they say, is history.


After a short period of intensive research as visiting fellow at the Australian Institute for Metabolic Health Studies in Iron Knob, South Australia, and following a presentation at the Las Vagus International Round Table on Metabolic Health in 2014, the International Round Table officially elevated what Scheissenhausen himself had coined Scheissenhausen’s Syndrome to Scheissenhausen’s Disease.


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