Hemophilia is often called the "Royal Disease". Queen Victoria was a carrier of Hemophilia and subsequently she passed it on to many people in the Royal Family. In the United States, Hemophilia was traced back to a woman that settled in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1720. The term Hemophilia was first found in a journal written by the University of Zurich in 1828. In some of the earliest medical documents symptoms of hemophilia are found.

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Hemophilia is diagnosed through a blood test in which the doctor takes a sample of blood. The doctor will put the blood through tests that will cause the blood to clot. If the blood does not properly clot, then there is a chance that the patient has a form of hemophilia. Once this testis performed the doctor will perform another series of tests to determine if the person has Hemophilia A or Hemophilia B.