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Lou Gehrig's disease

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Lou Gehrig's disease
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Weakening and atrophy of the muscles, to the point of incapacitation

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Stephen Hawking

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known in the United States of America as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a disorder that causes progressive weakness and muscle atrophy, to the point where the infected is completely immobile. Stephen Hawking, author of A Brief History of Time, suffered from this disease, and spent the last twenty years prior to the book's publication trapped in a wheelchair due to it.[1]


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