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What Killed Charles Darwin?


Last week, Charles Darwin became the latest “patient” at an annual conference that aims to unravel the medical mysteries of long-dead historical figures. A leading gastroenterologist diagnosed three conditions that may have plagued the English naturalist throughout his life and contributed to his death at 73. Past conferences have plumbed the lives and deaths of prominent individuals ranging from Christopher Columbus and Florence Nightingale to Alexander the Great and Claudius.

Slideshow: Unraveling History’s Medical Mysteries

  • simn-bolvar-1783-1830Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

    Symptoms: Decades of suffering from chronic vomiting, abdominal distress, eczema, boils, weakness, vertigo, twitching and joint pain. He died at 73 of heart failure. Diagnosis: Cyclic vomiting syndrome, Chagas disease and Helicobacter pylori.

  • Simón Bolívar (1783-1830)

    Symptoms: Excellent health until age 29, when he suffered from the first in a series of febrile illnesses.claudius-10-bc-54-ad ht loss, exhaustion, a persistent cough and fainting spells. He died at 47 of what was believed to be tuberculosis. Diagnosis: Chronic arsenic poisoning that caused a fatal respiratory illness, due to either assassination attempts, drinking contaminated water or using arsenic as a remedy.

  • Claudius (10 B.C.-54 A.D.)

    Symptoms: Born prematurely and sickly as a child, patient suffered from weakness in both legs and was known to exhibit tics, jerks of the head and hands, stammering and drooling, particularly while excited. After a decade without any major health problems, he developed abdominal pain and vomited after drinking wine and partaking in a banquet that featured a favorite mushroom dish. He became disoriented as his condition worsened over the next 12 hours before his death at 63. Diagnosis: Murder by poisoned mushrooms, possibly served by his wife.

  • Florence Nightingale (1820-1910)

    Symptoms: Depression, anxiety, insomnia, anorexia, irritability, chronic fatigue...

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MELVILLE, DARWIN, AND THE GREAT CHAIN OF BEING.(Herman Melville's influence on Charles Darwin's theory of evolution): An article from: Studies in American Fiction
Book (Northeastern University)

Way to selectively chop up Darwin's quote.

by Schlauberger

Here's what he actually said:
"With savages, the weak in body or mind are soon eliminated; and those that survive commonly exhibit a vigorous state of health. We civilized men, on the other hand, do our utmost to check the process of elimination. We build asylums for the imbecile, the maimed and the sick; we institute poor-laws; and our medical men exert their utmost skill to save the life of every one to the last moment. There is reason to believe that vaccination has preserved thousands, who from a weak constitution would formerly have succumbed to small-pox. Thus the weak members of civilized societies propagate their kind

Hotbed of biodiversity: Fascinating images of wildlife from the Galapagos Islands  — Mother Nature Network
Located 575 miles off the coast of Ecuador, this remote volcanic archipelago is famous as the birthplace of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection.

Halcyon Press Ltd. The Essential Darwin: On the Origins of Species, The Descent of Man (Unexpurgated Edition) (Halcyon Classics)
eBooks (Halcyon Press Ltd.)


Angie Rodriguez
What do I mention in my brochure about Charles Darwin's voyage on the HMS Beagle?

My biology homework project says: You must design and make a travel brochure for a cruise or boat charter that follows the voyages taken by Charles Darwin and the HMS Beagle. The types of people who would pay to take this sort of trip would do so to learn more about the history and discoveries made by Darwin so your brochure must include specific highlights and details about Darwin's most famous findings and destinations. You need to include where Darwin departed from and returned to as well as at least 5 other of his destinations (minimum).

HELP!! I need sources where I…

There is an excellent book which describes Darwin's voyage very well giving all the information about where he went, the things he saw and the discoveries he made. It is called "The Voyage of the Beagle" and was written by Charles Darwin. Read the contents pages which will tell you exactly where he went and allow you to refer to the text for other details.

You don't even have to go to the library to read the book, it is online. There are lots of other web sites with information and maps. Google "The Voyage of the Beagle" and check some of the links.

Should I follow my dream or go the easy route? Career/ school?

Should I follow my dream or go the easy route? Career/ school?
My dream job is to travel to third world countries and help them. Nothing would make me happier. But it is very hard to get to that point. Years of school and experience is required (90% of jobs in the Peace Corps require a bachelors degree). I understand that it doesn't pay very much (which I'm willing to sacrifice) but if I travel a lot then it would be hard to raise a family.

I am currently getting my Associates degree in culinary arts to be a chef (on my second quarter). It is fun but it is my second…

You should follow your dream, for several reasons.

You only have one life, and if you are about 20, it's already one-quarter gone. Older people rush to kill young people's dreams. Parents often tell people they shouldn't follow their dream. They told Charles Darwin he should be a surgeon. They told Cezanne to get a job in the bank. They told Elton John to get a job in the government. Those older people have had their lives; they need to learn where to draw the line.

If you go the way that makes you unhappy, you will sooner or later change course, and will…

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