Dr Adolf Lukas Vischer (1884-1974) and 'barbed-wire disease'

Avi Ohry*, Zahava Solomon

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The Swiss physician Adolf Lukas Vischer described a psychiatric syndrome among prisoners of war, the 'barbed-wire disease' that follows a long-term incarceration and which involved boredom, confusion, clouding of consciousness and amnesia. Vischer first identified this as an important clinical issue. Later in life, he became one of the first geriatricians and gerontologists.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-18
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Medical Biography
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2014


  • 'Barbed-wire disease'
  • AL Vischer
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Prisoners of wars
  • Shell-shock


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