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Edward Alfred Cockayne

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Edward Alfred Cockayne (3 October 1880 Sheffield – 28 November 1956) was an English physician specializing in pediatrics. He spent most of his medical career at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children in London. Cockayne was born in Sheffield to Edward Shepherd and Mary Florence and went to Charterhouse School and Balliol College, Oxford before joining St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical School. He worked at the Middlesex Hospital and at the hospital for children on Great Ormond Street from 1834. He was particularly interested in endocrinology, and rare, genetic diseases of children. In 1946 he recognized a disease that would be named after him, called Cockayne's syndrome. This is a rare multisystem disorder characterized by dwarfism, pigmentary retinopathy, impaired nervous system development, and facial abnormalities. This disease has since been divided into three subtypes:
  • Cockayne syndrome I, or Classic Cockayne Syndrome: in which facial and somatic abnormalities de
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