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Prolonged Vomiting and Treatments from Doctors Ayerst, Gully, Brinton, and Jenner

Ralph Colp Jr. M.D.

in Darwin's Illness

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032313
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039237 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813032313.003.0011
Prolonged Vomiting and Treatments from Doctors Ayerst, Gully, Brinton, and Jenner

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After reading how his enemy Richard Owen had mendaciously criticized the work of his friend Hugh Falconer, Charles Darwin had feelings of “burning...indignation” that interfered with sleep, and produced an episode of eczema which took “off the epidermis a dozen times clean off”. The eczema subsided, and he had no further complaints of illness in January of that year. His wellness was then sharply broken by the onset of an illness that would become prolonged and that resulted from his disturbed feelings on reading Charles Lyell's book, The Antiquity of Man. He also continued to be ill with vomiting and weakness. His treatment regimens under Drs. James Ayerst, James Gully, William Brinton, and William Jenner are described.

Keywords: Charles Darwin; vomiting; James Ayerst; James Gully; William Brinton; William Jenner; eczema; weakness

Chapter.  6437 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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