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

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

Authors

  • Francesco Maria Galassi a:1:{s:5:"en_US";s:152:"Archaeology, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Flinders University, Humanities Building (110), GPO Box 2100, Adelaide, SA 5001, Australia";} https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8902-3142
  • Elena Varotto Università di Catania https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6637-9402
  • Andreas Nerlich Munchen Klinik Bogenhausen
  • Raffaella Bianucci Dipartimento di Culture e Società, Università di Palermo, Palermo, Italy; The Ronin Institute, Montclair, NJ, USA.

Keywords:

chickenpox, eczema, history of medicine, herpes zoster, Mary Shelley, psoriasis, stroke

Abstract

In this article the origins of Mary Shelley’s neurological and cerebrovascular problems are described. 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.

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Published

14-03-2022

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MEDICAL HUMANITIES

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Galassi FM, Varotto E, Nerlich A, Bianucci R. Mary Shelley’s migraines and fatal stroke: some observations on their primary cause. Acta Biomed [Internet]. 2022 Mar. 14 [cited 2024 Jul. 13];93(1):e2022078. Available from: https://mattioli1885journals.com/index.php/actabiomedica/article/view/12258