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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Priyamvada Singh, MBBS [2]


The disease was first described by the French physician Jean Landry in 1859. In 1916, Georges Guillain, Jean Alexandre Barré and Andre Strohl diagnosed two soldiers with motor weakness, areflexia and a the key diagnostic abnormality of increased spinal fluid protein production, but normal cell count. Later, it was called Guillain-Barré syndrome after them. GBS is also known as acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, acute idiopathic polyradiculoneuritis, acute idiopathic polyneuritis, French Polio and Landry's ascending paralysis.

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Famous Cases

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American actor Andy Griffith developed Guillain-Barré syndrome in 1983. Griffith is seen here receiving an award at the White House in 2005
  • Markus Babbel, former international footballer.[2]
  • Tony Benn, British politician.[3]
  • Rachel Chagall, actress.[4]
  • Samuel Goldstein, American athlete and Paralympian.[5]
  • Andy Griffith, American actor.[6]
  • Joseph Heller, author.[7]
  • Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of President Lyndon Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson.[8]
  • Hugh McElhenny, American football player.[9]
  • Lucky Oceans, Grammy Award-winning musician.[10]
  • Len Pasquarelli, sports writer and analyst for ESPN and resident of the Pro Football Writers of America.[11]
  • Serge Payer, Canadian-born professional hockey player.[12]
  • William “The Refrigerator” Perry, former professional American football player.[13]
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt, U.S. president.[14]
  • Norton Simon, American industrialist and philanthropist.[15]
  • Hans Vonk, Dutch conductor.[16]
  • Danny Wuerffel, 1996 Heisman Trophy winner.[17]


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  2. Wallace, Sam (2002-08-10). "Grateful Babbel a tower of strength again". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-11-23.
  3. Lea, Robert (2002-10-17). "Relative Values: Tony and Josh Benn". London: The Times. Retrieved 2009-01-15.
  4. "Gaby, A True Story (1987)". Films involving Disabilities.
  5. The case of Sam Goldstein and the swine flu vaccine,, May 5, 2009
  6. "Andy in Guideposts Magazine".
  7. Vogel, Speed; Heller, Joseph (2004). No Laughing Matter. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-4717-5.
  8. "Luci Baines Johnson hospitalized with nervous system disorder".
  9. Raley, Dan (2004-09-02). "The untold story of Hugh McElhenny, the King of Montlake". Seattle PI. Retrieved 2010-01-07.
  10. "Lucky Oceans in hospital". The Australian. 2008-10-13. Retrieved 2008-10-28.
  11. "Chris Mortensen on Len Pasquarelli's comeback". 2009-01-26. Retrieved 2009-01-26.
  12. Serge Payer Foundation, Serge Payer Foundation Mission.
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  14. Goldman AS, Schmalstieg EJ, Freeman DH, Goldman DA, Schmalstieg FC (2003). "What was the cause of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's paralytic illness?" (PDF). J Med Biogr. 11 (4): 232–40. PMID 14562158. Retrieved 2010-08-07.
  15. "Norton Simon Biography". Retrieved 13 October 2009.
  16. Kozinn, Allan (2004-08-31). "Hans Vonk, 63, Conductor Of the St. Louis Symphony". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-26.
  17. Dooley, Pat. "Wuerffel hospitalized to treat nervous system disorder". Retrieved 16 June 2011.

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