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George Sumner Huntington

Also Known As: "George Sumner /Huntington/", "George /Huntington/"
Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: East Hampton, Suffolk County, New York, United States
Death: March 3, 1916 (65)
Cairo, Greene County, New York, United States
Place of Burial: Lagrangeville, Dutchess County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of George Lee Huntington and Mary Huntington
Husband of Mary Elizabeth Huntington
Father of Cathrine Huntington; Charles Gardiner Huntington; Abel Huntington; Elizabeth Huntington and Eleanor Huntington
Brother of Benjamin Hoogland Huntington; Charles Gardiner Huntington; Abel Huntington and Mary Elizabeth Huntington

Managed by: Floyd Brian Russak
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About George Huntington, MD, Discoverer

George Huntington (April 9, 1850 – March 3, 1916) was an American physician who contributed a classic clinical description of the disease that bears his name -- Huntington's disease.

Huntington described this condition in the first of only two scientific papers he ever wrote. He wrote this paper when he was 22, a year after receiving his medical degree from Columbia University in New York. He first read the paper before the Meigs and Mason Academy of Medicine in Middleport, Ohio on February 15, 1872 and then published it in the Medical and Surgical Reporter of Philadelphia on April 13, 1872.[1][2]

Huntington's father and grandfather, George Lee Huntington (1811–1881) and Abel Huntington (1778–1858), were also physicians in the same family practice. Their longitudinal observations combined with his own were invaluable in precisely describing this hereditary disease in multiple generations of a family in East Hampton on Long Island.

In a 1908 review, the eminent physician William Osler said of this paper: "In the history of medicine, there are few instances in which a disease has been more accurately, more graphically or more briefly described."

In 1874 George Huntington returned to Duchess County, New York to practice medicine. He joined a number of medical associations[3] and started working for the Matteawan General Hospital. In 1908 the scientific journal Neurograph dedicated him a special edition.[4]

George Huntington should not be confused with George Sumner Huntington (1861–1927), the anatomist. (Both men attended the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University)

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George Huntington, MD, Discoverer's Timeline

April 9, 1850
East Hampton, Suffolk County, New York, United States
Age 24
New York
July 1, 1878
Age 28
New York
June 5, 1880
Age 30
New York
Age 29
La Grange, Dutchess, New York, United States
November 27, 1881
Age 31
September 27, 1885
Age 35
Age 39
Describer of Huntington's Chorea!!
March 3, 1916
Age 65
Cairo, Greene County, New York, United States