South Jersey Medical History

Samuel Alexander Kinnier Wilson, 1878-1937
S.A. Kinnier Wilson was born in Cedarville, NJ, December 6, 1878.  His father, the Rev. James Kinnier Wilson, was a minister at the Cedarville Presbyterian Church from 1874 to 1878.  Shortly after Wilson's birth, the family moved to Scotland, where he was educated at George Watson's College and Edinburgh University.  In 1904 he began working at the National Hospital and in 1912  first described hepatolenticular degeneration, known as Wilson's Disease.


Birch, C. Allan.  "Kinnier Wilson's disease and Wilson's sign: S.A. Kinnier Wilson (1878-1937)." Practitioner. 212(1268):263-264, February 1974.

"S.A. Kinnier Wilson (1878-1937): Lenticular-Hepatic Degeneration." JAMA 205(12):871-872, 1968.

Photograph used with permission, Department of Neurology, University of Illinois

Related Links

Dr. Samuel Alexander Kinnier Wilson (1878-1937)

Wilson Disease (Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man)

Selected Bibliography

Wilson SAK.  "Progressive lenticular dgeneration, a familial nervouse disease associated with cirrhosis of the liver."  Brain, A Journal of Neurology.  34:295-509, March 1912.

Wilson SAK.  Neurology, edited. by A. Ninian Bruce. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins, 1940.  2 vols.

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Updated June 10, 2013