Medical Science Ruins a Classic Dickens Tale

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It turns out Ebenezer Scrooge had an undiagnosed brain disorder, according to a pair of modern-day medical researchers.

The evil-turned-kindhearted central character in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (1843) had a case of Lewy body dementia, which is similar to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

This news takes all the fun out of the story. It’s like when medical sleuths theorized that Abraham Lincoln had Marfan syndrome. The tall, lanky guy was wasn’t tall and lanky from chopping wood; he was suffering from a disorder whose main telltale sign is extreme tallness and lankiness.

The researchers who tracked down the illness, Robert Chance Algar, a Californian neurologist, and Lisa Saunders, a medical writer and physician, say, “All the events described in [A Christmas Carol] fit a person suffering from the early stages of LBD.”

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15 Responses to “Medical Science Ruins a Classic Dickens Tale”

  1. No Mas Says:

    Seems there is a syndrome associated with every action! Thanks for visiting my site. And, yes, WAY!

  2. Coll Says:

    This is so interesting. Thankfully, may it be ghosts or ghostly delusions.. the story is still magical. :-)

  3. Anvilcloud Says:

    How can a fictional character have an undoagnosed brain disorder? My tink, little brain tells me that since he was fictional, he suffered from nothing other than what Dickens intended. Humbug to those researchers. :)

    Thanks for visiting and commenting.

  4. valerie Says:

    Thanks for stopping in,

    Can’t they leave anything alone! Geeze!

  5. Nessa Says:

    And the ghosts cured him or did the whole town have hallucinations, too?

  6. Bonita Says:

    Ghosts in every closet seems to be at the heart of a good mystery….yet, sometimes, it is good to keep them there. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  7. jan Says:

    So what made him turn nice at the end?

  8. gerry rosser Says:

    How can a fictional character have a disease? Do the doctors think that Charles Dickens selected an actual diseased person as the model for his character? Had they even invented this disease back then? Somebody invents a new disease all the time, parbly pharmaceutical companies (meaning doctors). The latest invention is RLS (restless leg syndrome). Maybe the guy who wrote “The Complete Walker” had RLS. They invent diseases so we’ll buy the cure.
    I think E. Scrooge had a classic syndrome before his epiphany: TAS (total asshole syndrome). The pharmaceutical guys wouldn’t like the cure, no way they can bottle and sell it.

  9. Seamus Says:

    Leave it to science to silence the chains! ;)

  10. Bice Says:

    Facts Smacks! I’m sticking with Fantasy on this one!

  11. Liz Says:

    I suppose most historical figures and characters could be found to have some sort of syndrome. Personally I don’t understand the need to research it all ad nauseum. You are right, it takes the fun out of the message of the story.

    Thanks for visiting me last night. Yep, we really have goats!

  12. Deborah Says:

    Don’t these folks have better things to do with their time? -geez. :)

  13. Rhea Says:

    Jan: Good question.

  14. Kitty Says:

    “So what made him turn nice at the end?”

    It’s a miracle!!!


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