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Pox : Genius, Madness, And The Mysteries Of Syphilis - Deborah Hayden


Genius, Madness, And The Mysteries Of Syphilis

Paperback Published: 1st December 2003
ISBN: 9780465028825
Number Of Pages: 400

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"How a transmittable little bacterium with a twisting propellant tail...deeply affected...mankind's perception of itself."Anthony Day, Los Angeles Times. From Beethoven to Oscar Wilde, from Van Gogh to Hitler, Deborah Hayden throws new light on the effects of syphilis on the lives and works of seminal figures from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries.Writing with remarkable insight and narrative flair, Hayden argues that biographers and historians have vastly underestimated the influence of what Thomas Mann called "this exhilarating yet wasting disease." Shrouded in secrecy, syphilis was accompanied by wild euphoria and suicidal depression, megalomania and paranoia, profoundly affecting sufferers' worldview, their sexual behavior, and their art. Deeply informed and courageously argued, Pox has been heralded as a major contribution to our understanding of genius, madness, and creativity.

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"Riveting.... "Pox will be of interest to anyone who loves a good mystery story."

Cactus Flower: A Fantasyp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
The Disease
Christopher Columbus: The First European Syphilitic?p. 3
The Revenge of the Americasp. 12
A Brief History of the Spirochetep. 22
Shedding Light on the Poison of the Darknessp. 28
From Poisonous Cures to Wonder Drug (Almost)p. 43
The Physician's Viewpointp. 51
Detective Zeal: The Fragile Art of Retrospective Diagnosisp. 60
The Nineteenth Century
Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770-1827p. 71
Franz Schubert, 1797-1828p. 89
Robert Schumann, 1810-1856p. 97
Charles Baudelaire, 1821-1867p. 112
Mary Todd, 1818-1882, and Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865p. 120
Gustave Flaubert, 1821-1880p. 133
Guy de Maupassant, 1850-1893p. 142
Vincent van Gogh, 1853-1890p. 152
Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900p. 172
Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900p. 200
The Twentieth Century
Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen), 1885-1962p. 229
James Joyce, 1882-1941p. 239
Adolf Hitler, 1889-1945p. 251
Pox Gallery
A Gallery of Pox: The Myth of Syphilisp. 305
Epiloguep. 317
Ten Clues to Secret Syphilisp. 319
Stokes's Case Studyp. 321
Notesp. 323
Bibliographyp. 353
Indexp. 367
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ISBN: 9780465028825
ISBN-10: 0465028829
Series: Art of Mentoring Ser.
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st December 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 12.8  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1