Volume: Vol4, Issue 1/2015

Published on: Apr 2015

Contains 15 articles

Book review:"Eminescu's disease and the imaginary diseases of the eminescologs"

 

Authors

NICOLAE M. CONSTANTINESCU *,1

 

Affiliation

1Universitatea de Medicină şi Farmacie „Carol Davila”

 

 

On the occasion of the 165-th years from Eminescu’s death – the romanian national poet - the National Foundation for Science and Arts in collaboration with the Romanian Academy of Medical Sciences, published a book dedicated to Eminescu’s disease. In the book are presented the opinions and conclusions of prominent professors in different fields of medicine who discussed, in a round table held on June 27, last year the existence or not of various imaginary diseases based only on existing documents until today. All the participants agreed that Eminescu was a cyclothymic personality (one in which periods of elation and sadness alternate), which favoured the poet, but made him vulnerable to overworking, to excessive use of coffee and tobacco, to many dissatisfactions and mainly to a permanent stress. All of this provoked in Juin, 1883 a bipolar syndrome,worsened by an inadequate administration of mercury for a presumed neurosyphilis, inexistent disease. Mihai Eminescu remains a pillar of our national identity.

 

Keywords

Eminescu’s death, Eminescu’s diseases

Pages

60-63

 

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