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Autopsying Authors' Medical Mysteries

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It would appear to be a case of The Bard meets House, M.D. in the intriguing new book Shakespeare's Tremor and Orwell's Cough.
Were Shakespeare's shaky handwriting, his obsession with venereal disease, and his premature retirement connected?
Did John Milton go blind from his propaganda work for the Puritan dictator Oliver Cromwell, as he believed, or did he have a rare and devastating complication of a very common eye problem?
Did Jonathan Swift's preoccupation with sex and filth result from a neurological condition that might also explain his late-life surge in creativity?
What was the cause of Nathaniel Hawthorne's sudden demise?
Did writing 1984 actually kill George Orwell?

Enjoy a stroll through literary history as John Ross, M.D. cheerfully debunks old biographical myths and suggests fresh diagnoses for ten real-life medical mysteries.