Hemophilia


Hemophilia was recognized as far back as the 2nd century, described by an Arab  physician as a familial disease in the 12th century and later traced  through a family history from 1720 to 1830 by a Philadelphia physician  who was obviously a talented genealogist. The severe hemorrhages,  affecting males, became known as “The Royal Disease” in the 19th  Century, because Queen Victoria of England was a carrier — a story  familiar to genealogists. Transmition by the female line became apparent when two of her daughters, Alice and Beatrice, passed on the disease to the Russian, Spanish and German royal families.

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