George Huntington: a legacy of inquiry, empathy and hope

Brain. 2016 Aug;139(Pt 8):2326-33. doi: 10.1093/brain/aww165. Epub 2016 Jul 14.


On the centenary of George Huntington's death, Wexler reconsider the setting and the collaborative effort that produced his description of “hereditary chorea,” today Huntington's disease. Tracing the changing identity of this illness, they discuss the legacy of eugenics, the search for the gene, and ongoing research toward a cure.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article
  • Portrait
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Empathy*
  • Family Health
  • History, 18th Century
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Huntington Disease / genetics
  • Huntington Disease / history*
  • Huntington Disease / pathology
  • Huntington Disease / psychology*
  • Medical Illustration / history
  • Physicians / history*

Personal name as subject

  • George Huntington