Mary Shelley’s migraines and fatal stroke: some observations on their primary cause

Francesco M. Galassi, Elena Varotto, Andreas Nerlich, Raffaella Bianucci

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Abstract

In this article the origins of Mary Shelley’s neurological and cerebrovascular problems are de-scribed. Through a reanalysis of her biography, her early health issues caused by a dermatological condition, potentially eczema, psoriasis or chickenpox, are related, thanks to current biomedical knowledge, to her migraines and strokes, including the one that killed her.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere2022078
Number of pages3
JournalActa Biomedica
Volume93
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2022

Keywords

  • chickenpox
  • eczema
  • herpes zoster
  • history of medicine
  • Mary Shelley
  • psoriasis
  • stroke
  • Migraine

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