A biography of James Ramsay Hunt (1874-1937)

J Hist Neurosci. 2003 Sep;12(3):266-75. doi: 10.1076/jhin.


James Ramsay Hunt (1874-1937) was a pre-eminent twentieth-century American neurologist. The name of Ramsay Hunt is known today because several neurological disorders bear his name, including the herpetic geniculate ganglion syndrome and a form of ataxia and myoclonus. Despite his importance in the field of neurology, few biographical details have been recorded about Hunt's life. One of the authors of this report recently located Hunt's daughter. This biographical sketch was based on interviews conducted with her and review of documents in her possession, including letters written by Hunt. Details are depicted about Hunt's family background and childhood, medical education and early professional development, courtship and marriage, wartime experiences, family and social life, daily routine and professional development, as well as illness and death.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article
  • Portrait

MeSH terms

  • Herpes Zoster Oticus / history
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Myoclonic Cerebellar Dyssynergia / history
  • Neurology / history*
  • Parkinsonian Disorders / history
  • United States

Personal name as subject

  • James Ramsay Hunt