Why is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) called Lou Gehrig's disease?

In 1865, Jean-Martin Charcot, who is considered to be the father of neurology, described a person with muscle spasms that ultimately led to the naming of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The public’s attention was drawn to this disorder in 1939. During the 1938 baseball season, Lou Gehrig went into a hitting slump that worsened as the season progressed. In June of 1939, because of then apparent muscle weakness, he and his wife went to the Mayo Clinic for evaluation. On June 14, 1939, on his 36th birthday, he was told that he was suffering from ALS. Yankee fans made July 4th of that year "Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day." He died on June 2, 1941.

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