Origin: Anc Greek α/α (privative prefix) + μνήμη/mneme(=memory) -->forgetfulness
|Sauvages de la Croix (1706 – 1767)|
In 1763 amnesias had been already classified by French physician and botanist Sauvages de la Croix (1706 – 1767) who is credited with establishing the first methodical nosology for diseases. The oldest description of patients with memory disorders came from Korsakoff (1889).
mosaic from Antioch
Loss of memory due to many causes including stroke, encephalitis, injury to the brain, surgery and alcoholism.