Bell's Palsy Before Bell: Cornelis Stalpart van der Wiel's Observation of Bell's Palsy in 1683

@article{Graaf2005BellsPB,
  title={Bell's Palsy Before Bell: Cornelis Stalpart van der Wiel's Observation of Bell's Palsy in 1683},
  author={R. C. Van de Graaf and J. Nicolai},
  journal={Otology & Neurotology},
  year={2005},
  volume={26},
  pages={1235-1238}
}
Bell's palsy is named after Sir Charles Bell (1774-1842), who has long been considered to be the first to describe idiopathic facial paralysis in the early 19th century. However, it was discovered that Nicolaus Anton Friedreich (1761-1836) and James Douglas (1675-1742) preceded him in the 18th century. Recently, an even earlier account of Bell's palsy was found, as observed by Cornelis Stalpart van der Wiel (1620-1702) from The Hague, The Netherlands in 1683. Because our current knowledge of… Expand
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