- Best known for describing the tonically dilated pupil (Adie pupil) associated with absent deep tendon reflexes (Adie syndrome) and his description of narcolepsy
- Born 31 October 1886 Geelong, Australia
- 1932 – Co-founder of the Association of British Neurologists; first meeting 28 July at the house of Gordon Morgan Holmes
- Died 17 March 1935
Key Medical Attributions:
- More about medical contributions
- Adie WJ. Pseudo-Argyll Robertson pupils with absent tendon reflexes. A benign disorder simulating tabes dorsalis. Br Med J. 1931 May 30;1(3673):928-30. [PMC2314525]
- Adie WJ. Argyll Robertson pupils true and false Br Med J. 1931 Jul 25;2(3681):136-8. [PMC2315730]
- Adie WJ. Tonic pupils and absent tendon reflexes: a benign disorder sui generis; its complete and incomplete forms. Brain 1932;55:98–113
- Adie WJ. Complete and incomplete forms of the benign disorder characterised by tonic pupils and absent tendon reflexes. Br J Ophthalmol. 1932 Aug; 16(8): 449–461. [PMC511452]
- Adie WJ, Critchley M. Forced grapsing and groping. Brain 1927;50:142-70.
- Adie WJ. Idiopathic narcolepsy: a disease sui generis: with remarks on the mechanism of sleep. Brain 1926;49:275–306.
- Adie WJ, Wagstaffe WW. A note on a series of 656 cases of gunshot wound of the head, with a statistical consideration of the results obtained. Medical Research Committee Statistical Reports, no. 1. London: Stationery Office, 1918
- Any gossip
- Obituary: William John Adie. Br Med J. 1935 March 23;1(3872):624-5 [PMC2459954]
- Obituary: William John Adie, M.D. Edin., F.R.C.P. Lond. Lancet 1935; 225:5821; 717.
- Pearce JMS. William John Adie (1886–1935). J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 2004; 75: 1111
- Holmes GM. Partial iridoplegia associated with symptoms of other diseases of the nervous system. Trans ophthal Soc 1931;51:209–28.
- Brody IA, Wilkins RH. Neurology classics VII – Adie’s Syndrome. Arch Neurol. 1968;18(6):710-715.
- Siddiqui AA, Clarke JC, Grzybowski A. William John Adie: the man behind the syndrome. Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2014 Nov;42(8):778-84. [PMID 24533698]
- Beighton G, Wiedemann HR. The Person Behind the Syndrome. Springer. 1997 pp 4-6
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