World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Jacob Mendes Da Costa

Article Id: WHEBN0005774721
Reproduction Date:

Title: Jacob Mendes Da Costa  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Caribbean physicians, 1833 births, 1900 deaths, Spanish and Portuguese Jews
Collection:
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Jacob Mendes Da Costa

Portrait of Da Costa by Thomas Eakins

Jacob Mendes Da Costa, or Jacob Mendez Da Costa (February 7, 1833, Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Caribbean – September 12, 1900) was an American physician.

He is particularly known for discovering Da Costa's syndrome (also known as soldier's heart), an anxiety disorder combining effort fatigue, dyspnea, a sighing respiration, palpitation and sweating that he first observed in soldiers in the American Civil War and documented in an 1871 study.[1]

He was born in St. Thomas, then still a Danish colony and was educated at the Jefferson Medical College (now Thomas Jefferson University), taking his medical degree in 1852. During the Civil War he served as a physician at the Military Hospital as well as Turner's Lane Hospital, Philadelphia. It was during this period that he gathered much of the evidence that used in his 1871 study of anxiety disorders.

He later taught at the Jefferson Medical College (now Thomas Jefferson University), where he became a respected and sought after lecturer.

In 1860 he married Sarah, the sister of his friend and colleague, Professor John Hill Brinton (1832–1907). They had one son, Charles Frederick, who became a lawyer.

He died on September 12, 1900 and was buried at Woodlands Cemetery, seen here.

Literary works

  • Medical Diagnosis, 1864

References

  1. ^ Jacob Mendez Da Costa, Who Named It?

External links

  • Jacob Mendes Da Costa Brief biography, Notable Jefferson Alumni
  • Jacob Mendes Da Costa at Find a Grave


This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.