Louisa May Alcott: Her Mysterious Illness

@article{Hirschhorn2007LouisaMA,
  title={Louisa May Alcott: Her Mysterious Illness},
  author={Norbert Hirschhorn and Ian Greaves},
  journal={Perspectives in Biology and Medicine},
  year={2007},
  volume={50},
  pages={243 - 259}
}
Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888), famous in her own time and immortalized in ours as a major figure of the "American Renaissance," died at the age of 55 after intermittent suffering over 20 years. Her illnesses evoked intense interest in her time and in ours. Alcott tracked her signs and symptoms (in letters and journal entries), which included headaches and vertigo, rheumatism, musculo-skeletal pain, and skin rashes; in her final years she recorded severe dyspepsia with symptoms of obstruction… 

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