Iron history

The iron deficiency syndrome IDS was rediscovered in Basel (Switzerland) in 1998 by the family doctor Dr. Beat Schaub, after it was first described by the University of Innsbruck in 1957 and confirmed by the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin in 1971. However, the problem has been known for some time, as stated in the textbook by Prof. G. Brüschke (Berlin, 1971) (History of iron deficiency).

As early as 1910, scientists discovered that iron deficiency can lead to symptoms even without anaemia. It is remarkable that the first intravenous treatment was carried out at the end of the 19th century. Iron sucrose, which has been used successfully and safely in Switzerland for years, was first used in 1923.

Iron Deficiency Syndrome (IDS) has become increasingly prevalent in Switzerland since 2005 (founding of the Network of Medical Iron Centres in 2005 and the Swiss Iron Health Organisation SIHO in 2007).

Story of a patient
It’s all too much for me. I am only 32 years old and my batteries are empty. I could fall asleep all the time. Often I feel depressed for no reason and my self-esteem is in the basement. Lately I even can’t stand the children anymore, there is a restlessness in the family because I don’t have any nerves anymore. I am so sorry, I wish it were different.

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