Social perspectives in Huntington's chorea

S Afr Med J. 1980 Aug 2;58(5):201-3.


The social implications of Huntington's chorea are serious and far-reaching, affecting all members of the family and the community as a whole. The relativly common occurrence of suicide and of major and minor crimes are cause for concern. The disease imposes a significant economic burden on both the family and society. The minimum direct cost to the state of a single affected prson with Huntington's chorea in South Africa is estimated at R23 000.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Crime
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Huntington Disease / economics
  • Huntington Disease / psychology*
  • Male
  • Marriage
  • Risk
  • Social Problems
  • South Africa
  • Suicide
  • United States