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If syphilis is left untreated, it can cause serious and permanent problems such as dementia, blindness, or death.
Of the dozens of books penned by Alphonse Daudet, it was ‘Fromont jeune et Risler aîné’ which brought Alphonse a lot of fame. This book was so popular that it was awarded the prestigious Jouy Prize by the French Academy. The book was also reprinted and published several times.
Modern Love I: By This He Knew She Wept
By this he knew she wept with waking eyes:
That, at his hand's light quiver by her head,
The strange low sobs that shook their common bed
Were called into her with a sharp surprise,
Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria that are spread through the air from person to person. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal.
The few pages I perused in the book seems to be working under the premise that these two diseases embodied these people with a unique genius, taking them to the point of insanity and therefore allowing them to create their great pieces of music and literature. I am unsure if that is the case...to me, the music/writing they composed/wrote was already within them. Lying dormant, waiting for them to take the time to let these thoughts/ideas flow freely.
It likely isn't the disease of syphilis that is causing anything. Its more than likely a result of the brain working around the lesions, and creating novel neural connections that streamlined a specific thought process. I'd be willing to bet that were we to study this kind of thing, the connection would related to neural workarounds created in response to the infection.
Mr George Sim said : "It is difficult to
imagine how it was possible in so short a
life to acquire so varied an amount of
knowledge as Doctor Scott possessed, especially
when we consider his delicate constitution
and toilsome course of education
." Nevinson said of Schiller, "it is
possible that the disease served in some
way to increase his eager activity, and fan
his intellect into keener flame." It would
be easy to place on record here many testimonials
to the unusual manifestations of
genius in those who have suffered from
active tuberculosis . In many cases the mental
activity and creative powers seem to
vary directly with the progress of the disease.
IN a letter to the "'British Medical Journal'' of September 10, 1921, 'Mr. S. T. Irwin
dealt with the relation between chronic infections and mental activity. He stated:
"Many substances, toxic in large doses, act merely as stimulants when administered
in normal amounts. If we assume that, in a case of moderate tuberculous
infection, small amounts of tuberculin are being,- constant- absorbed into the circulation,
the effect would be a mild but frequently recurring stimulation of the brain,
and the brilliance of the after-dinner speaker produced, -with this difference, however,
that instead of spasmodic results the effect would be continuous."
A rise of five or six degrees only in temperature may mean delirium; while a daily
swing of two or three degrees may mean continued cerebral stimulation and a sense
of optimistic -well-being-in short, the condition known as "spes phthisica."
Many writers of genius have suffered from pulmonary tuberculosis -"the
destruction that wasteth at noonday."
For Zeus had packed the box full of all the terrible evils he could think of. Out of the box poured disease and poverty. Out came misery, out came death, out came sadness - all shaped like tiny buzzing moths.