Historical CPC Diagnosis Summaries

1. Poe (1995)
Presenter’s Diagnosis (Dr. R. Michael Benitez): Rabies
Alterative Diagnosis: Delirium tremens
Reference: Benitez RM, et al. Maryland Med J 1996; 45: 765-9

2. Alexander (1996)
Presenter’s Diagnosis (Dr. David W. Oldach): Arsenic intoxication
Alterative Diagnosis: Typhoid fever-induced Guillain-Barré syndrome
Reference: Oldach DW, et al. N Engl J Med 1998; 338: 1764-9

3. Beethoven (1997)
Presenter’s Diagnosis (Dr. Michael S. Donnenberg): Syphilis
Alterative Diagnosis: Lead intoxication
Reference: Donnenberg MS, et al. Am J Med 2000; 108: 475-80

4. Custer (1998)
Presenter’s Diagnosis (Dr. David B. Mallott): Histrionic personality disorder
Alterative Diagnosis: Narcissistic personality disorder
Reference: Mallott DB, et al. Am J Med Sci 1999; 318: 158-65

5. Pericles (1999)
Presenter’s Diagnosis (Dr. David T. Durack): Typhus
Alterative Diagnosis: Small pox
Reference: Durack DT, et al. Am J Med 2000; 109: 391-7

6. Mozart (2000)
Presenter’s Diagnosis (Dr. Faith T. Fitzgerald): Acute rheumatic fever
Alterative Diagnosis: Post-Streptococcus equi glomerulonephritis
Reference: Fitzgerald FT, et al. Am J Med 2001; 110: 633-40

7. Claudius (2001)
Presenter’s Diagnosis (Dr. Dr. William A. Valente): Congenital dystonia/Amanita mushroom poisoning
Alterative Diagnosis: Atherosclerosis
Reference: Valente WA, et al. Am J Med 2002; 112: 392-8

8. Herod (2002)
Presenter’s Diagnosis (Dr. Dr. Jan V. Hirschmann): Uremia complicated by Fournier gangrene
Alterative Diagnosis: Generalized atherosclerosis/hypertension
Reference: Hirschmann JV, et al. Arch Intern Med 2004; 164: 833-9

9. Joan of Arc (2002)
Presenter’s Diagnosis (Dr. Dr. William T. Carpenter): Delusional disorder
Alterative Diagnosis: Divine inspiration
Reference: Sullivan K, et al. The Pharos 2004; 67: 4-11

10. Nightingale (2003)
Presenter’s Diagnosis (Dr. Katherine L. Wisner): Bipolar disorder I, with psychotic features
Alterative Diagnosis: Post-traumatic stress disorder
Reference: Wisner KL, et al. The Pharos 2005; 68: 4-13

11. Schliemann (2004)
Presenter’s Diagnosis (Dr. Hinrich Staecker): Temporal lobe abscess/ exostoses of the external auditory canal
Alterative Diagnosis: Post-operative meningitis
Reference: Staecker H, et al. The Pharos 2006; 69: 12-18

12. Columbus (2005)
Presenter’s Diagnosis (Dr. Frank C. Arnett): HLA-B27-related reactive arthritis
Alterative Diagnosis: Parrot fever
Reference: Arnett FC, et al. Am J Med Sci 2006; 332: 123-30

13. Booker T. Washington (2006)
Presenter’s Diagnosis (Dr. Jackson T. Wright, Jr): Nephrosclerosis/hypertensive cardiomyopathy
Alterative Diagnosis: Malignant hypertension
Reference: Wright JT, Jr, et al. J Clin Hypertension 2007; 9: 128-33

14. Lincoln (2007)
Presenter’s Diagnosis (Dr. Thomas M Scalea): Might have been saved if treated in a modern Shock Trauma Unit
Alterative Diagnosis: Might have died or been left in a persistent vegetative state
Reference: Scalea TM, et al. Am J Med Sci 2009; 337: 42-55

15. Akhenaten (2008)
Presenter’s Diagnosis (Dr. Irwin M. Braverman): Aromatase excess syndrome/sagittal craniosynostosis
Alterative Diagnosis: Antley-Bixler syndrome
Reference: Braverman IM, et al. Ann Intern Med 2009; 150: 556-61

16. John Paul Jones (2009)
Presenter’s Diagnosis (Dr. Matthew R. Weir): IgA nephropathy
Alterative Diagnosis: Chronic interstitial nephritis
Reference: Weir MR, et al. Nephrol 2010; 31: 90-4

17. Bolivar (2010)
Presenter’s Diagnosis (Dr. Paul G. Auwaerter): Chronic arsenic intoxication/bronchiectasis
Alterative Diagnosis: Paracoccioidomycosis
Reference: Auwaerter PG, et al. Clin Infect Dis 2011; 52: 78-85

18. Darwin (2011)
Presenter’s Diagnosis (Dr. Sidney Cohen): Cyclic vomiting syndrome
Alterative Diagnosis: Hypochondriasis
Reference: Cohen S, et al. The Pharos (in press)

19. Lenin (2012)
Presenter’s Diagnosis (Dr. Harry Vinters): Accelerated cerebral atherosclerosis
Alterative Diagnosis: Variant NT5E mutation
Reference: Vinters H, et al (submitted)

20. Old Jack (2013)
Presenter’s Diagnosis: Pneumonia or Multiple Pulmonary Emboli.

21. Too Busy to be Sick (2014)
Presenter’s Diagnosis: This conference dealt with end-of-life issues.

22. Terror of Europe (2015)
Presenter’s Diagnosis: a combination of malaria and typhoid fever caused by a Salmonella infection.

23. A Patient as an Art (2016)
Presenter’s Diagnosis:Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease


24. El Sordo (2017)
Presenter’s Diagnosis: Cause of Deafness was syphilis, Susac syndrome, or Cogan syndrome. In the 21st Century, Goya would have been fitted with cochlear implants which would have enabled him to hear again.

25. The Noble Enemy (2018)
Presenter’s Diagnosis: Typhoid Fever

26. The Wages of Apostolic Poverty (2019)
Presenter’s Diagnosis: Leprosy

27. The Full Gamut of Misery: Georges Bizet (2021)
Presenter’s Diagnosis: GABHS Pharyngitis and chronic rheumatic heart disease