Charles Dickens: the man, medicine, and movement disorders

J Clin Neurosci. 2006 Nov;13(9):898-901. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2005.12.035. Epub 2006 Oct 2.


Nineteenth-century Victorian novelists played an important role in developing our understanding of medicine and illness. With the eye of an expert clinician, Charles Dickens provided several detailed accounts of movement disorders in his literary works, many of which predated medical descriptions. His gift for eloquence, imagery, and precision attest not only to the importance of careful clinical observation, but also provide an insightful and entertaining perspective on movement disorders for modern students of neuroscience.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Brain / physiopathology
  • England
  • Famous Persons
  • History, 19th Century
  • Humans
  • Literature, Modern / history*
  • Medicine in Literature*
  • Movement Disorders / history*
  • Neurology / history*

Personal name as subject

  • Charles Dickens