Rare Disease Report

Rare Disease Book Report: Huntington's Disease and Jane Eyre

APRIL 23, 2015

In the classic novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, Edward Rochester’s first wife, Bertha Mason, is a mad, unpredictable, and violent woman who Edward tries to protect from the world (and vice versa). In this exclusive interview at the 67th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, Elizabeth Coon, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, expands on the theory that Bertha had Huntington’s disease.


Coon E, Hassan A. Did the "woman in the attic" in Jane Eyre have Huntington’s disease? Poster presented at: 67th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology; April 18-25, 2015; Washington, DC. Abstract S44.005.

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