The chorea of Zezé.

Ylmar Corrêa Neto, Francisco Cardoso, Antonio Lúcio Teixeira, Débora Palma Maia, Rogério Beato, Joaquim Ferreira


The authors analyse the correspondence between Eça de Queiroz, a well-known Portuguese writer, and his wife, in 1900, describing the neurological disease of their second son, José Maria d'Eça de Queiroz, know as Zezé. In those letters, the writer mentions chorea as his son diagnosis, explaining in detail its clinical picture. In addition, the writer reveals the medical thoughts of the time about the aetiology, treatment and natural history of Sydenham's Chorea.

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