Was Ebenezer Scrooge Just a Victim of Brain Disease?

It was the night before Christmas, and Ebenezer Scrooge was facing the three ghosts. Or was he?

Robert Chance Algar, a Californian neurologist, and his aunt Lisa Saunders, a medical writer and physician, believe that the affliction that made Scrooge a byword for miserliness and redemption was Lewy body dementia (LBD), a disease so complex that doctors did not include it in the medical lexicon until 1996.

Link - via The Boomer Chronicles


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Which came first, the disease or the fictional depiction of it?

As long we're going with celebrity dysfunctions, I bet Michael Jackson and the Leprechaun from the 'Lucky Charms' ads have the same illness.
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My first thought is that this is the dumbest thing I've ever heard, Scrooge is a fictional character. I can't wait to see the diagnosis on the neurosis of the Trix Rabbit.
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