The Medical Lives of History`s Famous People

The Huntingtonʼs Disease of Woody Guthrie

Author(s): William James Maloney

Pp: 131-135 (5)

DOI: 10.2174/9781608059362114010024

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Woody Guthrie was born on July 14, 1912 in Okemah, Oklahoma. Guthrie grew into a popular musician helping to usher in a generation of folk music. Guthrie exhibited various physical symptoms and was misdiagnosed on multiple occasions. Among these misdiagnoses were alcoholism and schizophrenia. The proper diagnosis of Huntingtonʼs Disease was eventually made. Huntingtonʼs Disease is an inherited degenerative disease which affects the nerve cells in the brain. It results in cognitive, movement, and psychiatric disorders.

Keywords: Abnormal eye movements, appetite, dystonia, gait, Huntingtonʼs Disease, indecisiveness, muscle rigidity, sleeping problems, spatial perception, speech, suicide.

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