Friday, May 06, 2016

At last--diagnosis for Christina

One of the most famous American paintings is "Christina's World" by Andrew Wyeth.

The day is sunny, the field beautiful, but why is she sort of lying there like that?

Christina Olson was a good friend and neighbor of the artist. For most of her life she suffered from a disorder of some sort. Gradually she lost her ability to walk and eventually, to use her hands.

She died at 74 and no one really knew what was wrong with her.

Now, neurologist Marc Patterson at Mayo thinks he knows. He says she probably had an early-onset form of Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease, a cluster of inherited disorders that affect the peripheral nerves.

He is presenting his findings at a meeting of experts who try to diagnose historical figures, which I find interesting in itself.

Aren't people's various interests fascinating?

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