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The Diseases They Had

We give you two people. Name the medical disorder they suffer(ed) from.
Some of the diagnoses for historical figures are speculative
Includes psychiatric disorders
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Last updated: December 3, 2019
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First submittedAugust 2, 2013
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People
Disease
Magic Johnson, Arthur Ashe
HIV
Lance Armstrong, Steve Jobs
Cancer
Abraham Lincoln, Owen Wilson
Depression
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Donald Sutherland
Polio
Queen Victoria (carrier), Tsarevich Alexei
Hemophilia
Wilford Brimley, Paula Dean
Diabetes
King Henry VIII, Jim Belushi
Gout
Michael J. Fox, Muhammad Ali
Parkinson's
Lou Gehrig, Stephen Hawking
ALS
Seal, Nick Cannon
Lupus
People
Disease
Ronald Reagan, Charlton Heston
Alzheimer's
Vincent Van Gogh, Russell Brand
Bipolar Disorder
Julius Caesar, Lil Wayne
Epilepsy
Portia de Rossi, Calista Flockheart
Anorexia
Michael Vick, Kim Kardashian
Herpes
Whoopi Goldberg, Albert Einstein
Dyslexia
Oliver Cromwell, David Livingstone
Malaria
Cesare Borgia, Paul Gauguin
Syphilis
George Washington, Queen Elizabeth I
Smallpox
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Level 62
Aug 26, 2013
Rabies didn't work for Michael Vick or Kim Kardashian.
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Level 46
Sep 12, 2013
I tried Narcissism but that didn't work either. Go figure.
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Level 50
Sep 26, 2013
That should be accepted!
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Level 92
Jul 1, 2015
Went with egotism. Almost the same thing.
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Level 48
Oct 26, 2016
LET IT GOOOOO
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Level 89
Jul 7, 2018
The quiz maker must know Kim fairly well. Sounds bitter.
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Level 82
Sep 25, 2013
interesting quiz. I tried egomania for some.. could have worked for a few. Tried schizophrenia for van gogh and brand. Tried obesity and fat butt disease for Henry 8 and Belushi. Alopecia for Seal and Cannon.
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Level 82
Sep 25, 2013
Muhammad is also believed by some to have had epilepsy
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Level 89
Jul 7, 2018
I tried schizophrenia and obesity for the same ones you did. If I'd known herpes would actually be on here I would have guessed it for, statistically, 40(?)% historically.
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Level 75
Sep 26, 2013
Motor Neurone should be accepted for Stephen Hawking
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Level 66
Sep 29, 2013
seconded, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amyotrophic_lateral_sclerosis
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Level 77
Sep 21, 2018
I'm sorry, but I've been a doctor for nearly 40 years and I don't think I've ever heard anyone - patient or medical colleague - refer to Motor Neurone disease as ALS. The latter stands for "Advanced Life Support" in 99% of doctors' minds. Please change the answer!
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Level 76
Apr 20, 2023
Stay away from any doctor who has never heard of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease).
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Level 69
Mar 30, 2019
You've been a doctor where exactly? Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is… the name of this disease. Haven't you ever seen the Ice Bucket Challenge??
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Level 72
Mar 15, 2024
Probably in the UK, where it is referred to as Motor Neurone Disease.

And yes, I have seen the ice bucket challenge, had to Google ALS, then realised it was the same as MND.

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Level 57
Sep 26, 2013
Queen Victoria never had haemophilia. She was a carrier but not a sufferer, as women don't normally get it.
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Level ∞
Sep 26, 2013
Changed the clue, my mistake!
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Level 45
Oct 17, 2014
Yeah she did, she was a werewolf, remember?

http://www.chakoteya.net/doctorwho/28-2.htm

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Level 55
Sep 26, 2013
"Wilford Brimley, Paula Dean" should also accept "diabetus."
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Level 69
Mar 30, 2019
I put "diabeetus" and it WORKED!!! :-)
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Level 55
Sep 26, 2013
It's so tempting to put "werewolf" for Queen Victoria.
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Level 45
Oct 17, 2014
Oh oh oh oh oh, GREETINGS FELLOW WHOVIAN!
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Level 37
Sep 26, 2013
love that it accepted "Diabeetus". well done!
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Level 83
Jun 18, 2015
Tried to put "warts" for Cromwell, but I imagine that if Livingstone also had warts nobody knew about them.
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Level 83
Nov 22, 2015
And just 11% for smallpox suggests that Elizabeth I's attempts to hide her scars worked pretty well...
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Level 70
Sep 1, 2015
Einstein is believed, in retrospect, to have had Asperger's, or, as they say it now, was on the Autism Spectrum. This clue confused me, since it didn't take Asperger's, I had no idea what else to try. Didn't know anything about Whoopi's health problems.
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Level 84
Feb 13, 2017
Karen Carpenter is probably the most famous anorexia sufferer. Surprised she wasn't on here instead. What a voice. *sigh*
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Level 73
Apr 11, 2017
Damn. Did not know Nick Cannon had lupus.
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Level 82
Mar 1, 2018
Hilarious that you accept Lou Gehrig's Disease for Lou Gehrig. :D
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Level 82
Mar 1, 2018
and "(the) diabeetus" for Wilford Brimley, minus the the
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Level 89
Jul 7, 2018
I was going to try it but didn't want to backspace an answer. Nice.
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Level 89
Jul 7, 2018
I put in syphilis for George Washington because of all his inspirational abuses for the Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar" and got it as a bonus on someone else.
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Level 84
Aug 10, 2018
"Well, it's gonna suck today, but at least I'm not getting smallpox!" ~ Lewis Black
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Level 43
Nov 4, 2019
why wasn't the syphilis clue Al Capone?
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Level 43
Jan 14, 2020
Ronald Reagan and Charlton Heston both died from Pneumonia.
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Level 68
Oct 12, 2020
Dyslexia is not a disease, it is a disability.
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Level 56
Sep 1, 2022
1. Dyslexia and depression aren't diseases

2. Vincent Van Gogh had schizophrenia, not BD

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Level 70
Nov 8, 2022
Some debate over Roosevelt, Paralytic illness of Franklin D. Roosevelt

I'd still say polio.

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Level 70
Aug 13, 2023
Dyslexia and depression are not a disease as far as I understand.