W. Steven Pray, PhD, DPh


US Pharmacist. 2005;30(7) 

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Recognition as a Medical Condition

Pharmacists serve as resources for many questions about patients' medical conditions. Some conditions, such as diabetes and cancer, are more widely understood by the lay public. However, some are less known. Among these is Meniere's disease, one cause of a condition known as Meniere's syndrome. A full understanding of this condition can help the pharmacist provide vital information on the importance of complying with the prescribed preventive regimen.

A French otologist, Prosper Ménière (1799-1862), made a career of caring for deaf patients.[1] In the year prior to his death, he published his study of certain patients who experienced attacks of vertigo, hearing loss, and ringing in the ear(s), accompanied by nausea and headache. He also identified the semicircular canals as the source of the condition. As a result of his groundbreaking work, the condition has borne his name ever since. An organization known as the Prosper Ménière Society was formed in 1981 to disseminate information about the disease and to study it.[2]


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