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Mercury

PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 4:57 pm
by Raphael
I was surprised that people in the 1800s didn't know how poisonous Mercury is and used it as medicine. The effects of taking it can be quite severe- I was wondering if when John took a few drops for his sore throat it had some severe adverse effects on him (beside making his gums ache) and may have weakened his immune system. Thoughts anyone?

Re: Mercury

PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 10:22 pm
by dks
Ugh...awful--the thought of administering (or taking!) mercury for anything! I would imagine it would have affected his nervous system almost immediately, albeit mildly if the dose was minimal--probably dizziness and equilibrium would be a bit off...horrible...

Re: Mercury

PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2009 3:26 pm
by Raphael
dks wrote:Ugh...awful--the thought of administering (or taking!) mercury for anything! I would imagine it would have affected his nervous system almost immediately, albeit mildly if the dose was minimal--probably dizziness and equilibrium would be a bit off...horrible...



I read how it affects one and I think it might have contributed to his anxiousness that he had at times.

Re: Mercury

PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 3:07 am
by Raphael
An interesting medical article exploring the effects of people taking Mercury used for veneral disease 200 years ago.

http://ads.ahds.ac.uk/catalogue/adsdata ... 20_224.pdf

Re: Mercury

PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 8:18 pm
by Ennis
Raphael wrote:An interesting medical article exploring the effects of people taking Mercury used for veneral disease 200 years ago.

http://ads.ahds.ac.uk/catalogue/adsdata ... 20_224.pdf


Also, Hale-White's Keats as Doctor and Poet might be helpful, if read skeptically (most of you have already read it, I'm sure!). A better choice is a more recent purchase of mine (pub. date in the 2000s) is Hillais Smith's Keats and Medicine. Good luck, and as much as I hate to admit it, although Keats's IQ score was "off the charts," so to speak, we must all remember he was still a very young man, and I don't doubt he took those small doses of mercury for the more nerfarious reasons. He was medically-trained, and he knew what he was doing (I just wish that ol' Severn and Clark had let him have that laudanum/opium while in Rome. . . !). :( :x