Research Paper-Sickle Cell Anemia

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Sickle Cell Disease (Sickle Cell Anemia) Living with chronic pain 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Never knowing when the pain is just going to cause a spasm causing someone to go in the hospital. This is how someone with Sickle Cell Anemia is living their life day to day. Sickle Cell Anemia is a disorder which the body makes sickle shaped red blood cells instead of normal oval shaped red blood cells. That’s only one of the many deformities of Sickle Cell Anemia. With “Sickle Cell Anemia the sickled shaped red blood cells blocks the blood flow in the blood vessels of limbs and organs which causes serious infections and organ damage” (BlackDoctorInc. Page 1).This disease is an inherited disease which is most common in African Americans and people from the Middle East. Sickle Cell Anemia has come a long way from when it was founded in 1910 there is no cure yet but Doctors are finding ways to live day to day with this disease while still looking for a cure. “The disorder we call “Sickle Cell Disease” often abbreviated as SCD, had been present in Africa for at least five thousand years and has been known by many names in many tribal languages. What we call its “discovery” in 1910 occurred, not in Africa, but in the United States. A young man named Walter Clement Noel from the island of Grenada, a dental student studying in Chicago, went to Dr. James B. Herrick with complaints of pain episodes, and symptoms of anemia. Herrick was a cardiologist and not too interested in Noel’s case so he assigned a resident, Dr. Ernest Irons to the case. Irons examined Noel’s blood under the microscope and saw red blood cells he described as “having the shape of a sickle”. When Herrick saw this in the chart, he became interested because he saw that this might be a new, unknown, disease. He subsequently published a paper in one of the medical journals in which he

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