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Did the Bard Have Syphilis?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0126  Friday, 21 January 2005

[1]     From:   Robin Hamilton <
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        Date:   Thursday, 20 Jan 2005 16:26:49 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0116 Did the Bard Have Syphilis?

[2]     From:   Louis W. Thompson <
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        Date:   Thursday, 20 Jan 2005 15:13:47 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0116 Did the Bard Have Syphilis?


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From:           Robin Hamilton <
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Date:           Thursday, 20 Jan 2005 16:26:49 -0000
Subject: 16.0116 Did the Bard Have Syphilis?
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0116 Did the Bard Have Syphilis?

Apparently the mercury "cure" for syphilis originated with Paracelsus in
1530.

Robin Hamilton

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From:           Louis W. Thompson <
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Date:           Thursday, 20 Jan 2005 15:13:47 EST
Subject: 16.0116 Did the Bard Have Syphilis?
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0116 Did the Bard Have Syphilis?

Ms. Quart:

I suggested we stop "guessing" about whether Shakespeare had syphilis.

Ms Quart disagrees, raising such guessing to the level of
"inquiry.....that is the basis for all academic and scientific research."

Come on...this isn't academic or scientific "inquiry."  It is material
for the National Enquirer - before they raised their standards.

The suggestion that Shakespeare may have had syphilis is based on scant
evidence; and there is absolutely no hope of proving the case, one way
or the other.

"Enquiring minds," will never know for sure whether poor Will had this
repugnant venereal disease - but we are left with another slur on
Shakespeare's reputation.

We don't have to reverse evolution to give the man some dignity.

Louis W. Thompson

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