Lupus : Causes And Effects On The Human Body

1427 WordsNov 20, 20156 Pages
Lupus: The Cause and Effects on the Human Body Lupus Erythematosus, or Lupus, is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes the human body to attack itself. Autoimmune (meaning “self” immune) diseases result in the body being unable to distinguish between foreign threats and the body’s healthy tissues. Lupus has the potential to range from a mild aesthetic inconvenience to a life-threatening ailment. There is believed to be about five million people worldwide who are living with a form of Lupus (Ginzler & Tayar, 2015). While being a disease that transcends time, gender, age and ethnicity, significant medical progress was not made until the mid 20th century. Discovery and Scientific Progress According to the Lupus Foundation of America (2015), the history of Lupus as an acknowledged disease can be divided into three time periods: the classical, neoclassical, and the modern periods. The Classical Period has been traced back as early as 1200 A.D and extended through the mid 1800’s. It is largely characterized by the development of physical descriptions of Lupus as it manifested in patients. In the context of the disease, the word “lupus” was first used in the thirteenth century by a doctor by the name of Rogerius as a way to describe the lesions he found on people’s skin (Lahita, 2010). “Lupus” is the latin word for wolf, as wolf bites were the best comparison to the lesions at the time. The Neoclassical Period of Lupus history began in 1872 when Austrian dermatology student

More about Lupus : Causes And Effects On The Human Body

Open Document