Tuesday, October 09, 2012

News at Eleven: When [John] Keats abandoned medicine to

pursue his lust for fame as a self-styled "poet-physician", he allowed his imaginative worlds of antiquity and romance to blind him to the deadly effects of the "cures" with which he treated himself.

The fatal moment came in September 1817. Keats was writing the third book of Endymion at Oxford. By the time he returned to his brothers in Hampstead, we know that he was dosing himself with mercury for an unspecified ailment--probably venereal disease.

from The Telegraph: Mercury sent John Keats to an early grave
then The Daily Mail: Keats doomed by his mother's drinking: New biography claims the great Romantic poet's early death from TB was due to 'foetal alcohol syndrome'


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