Friday Favorites, Regency

Friday Favorite: Jane Austen and Hodgkin’s Disease


This week’s Favorite is not for the faint of heart–nor for the weak of mind. It’s an article I came across while doing some research into Regency-era medicine, appearing in the journal Medical Humanities. Jane Austen’s health problems and death at age 41 are most often attributed to Addison’s disease. This article, however, lays out a rather compelling case that the ailment she suffered from was in fact Hodgkin’s disease. It’s a bit dense with medical terminology, so you’ll need your brain at full power. But if you’ve watched enough episodes of House you should be able to get through it 😉

You can find the full text of the article here.

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