Dr. Lucja Frey. Wydawnictwo Lekarskie PZWL
Lucja Frey was born in Lvov on November 3, 1889. After finishing high school, she studied at the University of Lvov, and graduated with an undergraduate degree in mathematics from the philosophy department. Frey received her medical degree in 1913. According to her colleagues, Frey was shy and very industrious. It is not known where she received her specialist training as a neurologist. On June 3, 1923, she passed her medical boards in Warsaw. Two months later she received world recognition through the publication in Revue Neurologique of her research into a rare condition, though she was not yet licensed to practice as a neurologist.
The syndrome that Frey described involves an injury to the parotid gland in the face. The injury results in the rerouting of fibers affecting the sweat glands. When afflicted individuals are exposed to either the smell or taste of food, they sweat rather than salivate. Although Frey called the phenomenon “auriculotemporal nerve syndrome” or “facial gustatory sweating,” the medical community now refers to the condition as “Frey’s syndrome.”
Frey published her findings while serving as the Senior Assistant in the Neurology Clinic at the University of Warsaw. She worked there from 1921 to 1928 under Dr. Kazimierz Orzechowski, who died during the Holocaust. During this period, Frey published important works on the mapping of the human brain, degenerative diseases of the joints, and brain aneurysms. Little is known of her medical career from 1928 to 1935; however, by 1936 Frey was working at the prestigious Jewish Hospital on Rappaporta Street in Lvov.
Renowned scientist and researcher into a medical condition that bears her name.