Chorea and Community in a Nineteenth-Century Town

  title={Chorea and Community in a Nineteenth-Century Town},
  author={Alice R. Wexler},
  journal={Bulletin of the History of Medicine},
  pages={495 - 527}
  • A. Wexler
  • Published 1 September 2002
  • History
  • Bulletin of the History of Medicine
The dominant historical narrative of Huntington's disease (Huntington's chorea) has portrayed the early American sufferers from this disorder as marginalized and vilified. This article argues, however, that afflicted families in East Hampton, New York-the site of George Huntington's mid-nineteenth-century observations-were mostly accepted and integrated within the community, some of them as members of the gentry and active participants in local governance. As descendants of early English… 
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