The Huntingtonʼs Disease of Woody Guthrie
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William James Maloney
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.
Abnormal eye movements, appetite, dystonia, gait, Huntingtonʼs
Disease, indecisiveness, muscle rigidity, sleeping problems, spatial perception,
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