Just recently, I suppose due to me sitting in a chilly room working here, little moving except my fingers on the keyboard, those fingers have gradually gone paler, then whiter then white, numb and useless… I’ve had this on and off for as long as I can remember, but over the last little while it sees to have become more frequent… age? weight? state of the world?
Many people will recognize this as Raynaud’s syndrome; for most of us who get it it’s easy to warm the hands and get blood circulating, and to semi-control by keeping warm, keeping fit etc, but for many it is much moire serious, very serious sometimes and needs to be treated by medication or in some cases, surgery.
Fortunately for me, I just get a couple of white fingers which are soon returned to pink… I got wondering… who was Raynaud who had the syndrome – a vasospastic disorder which contracts blood vessels in extremities – named after him? He was Dr Maurice Raynaud, born in Auguste Gabriel Maurice, 1834, in Paris, the son of a doctor. He worked in Parisian hospitals but sadlydied from heart failure when he was only forty-six, an eminent man.
Maurice was apparently a great teacher and wrote many books; he was widely respected during his life, but these days we only know of him because of his syndrome.