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August 23, 1965


JAMA. 1965;193(8):680. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090080042014

George Huntington was not the first to describe what is currently recognized as adult hereditary chorea or Huntington's chorea. However, he is rightfully credited with a detailed recounting of the symptoms and especially the regression, leading eventually into dementia. Huntington was born in East Hampton, Long Island, in a community where the familial malady had been endemic for several generations among the English stock who had migrated from Suffolk, England, to Connecticut.1 His father and grandfather were family physicians familiar with the malady from firsthand examples in their practice. Huntington received his early medical training at his father's side but completed formal training at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, where he graduated at the age of 21. He practiced for a time with his father on Long Island, then moved to Palmeroy, Ohio; however, the greater portion of his professional days was spent in Duchess

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