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Syphilis
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1525  Thursday, 15 September 2005

From: 		Arnie Perlstein <
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Date: 		Wednesday, 14 Sep 2005 20:45:08 -0400
Subject: 	Theory that Shakespeare May Have Had Syphilis

Hi, I am brand new to this Shaksper listserv, and I really enjoyed 
browsing in the archives of the past few years, there have been some 
remarkable conversations here, and I am sorry I missed them.

One thread that caught my eye was from earlier this year (I believe), 
and it briefly outlined the speculation that Shakespeare may have 
suffered from syphilis late in his life.

Since many of the controversies regarding Shakespeare's life (most 
notably, the question of his "true identity") seem to have been in the 
public eye for centuries, I wondered whether the syphilis theory might 
itself have a long ancestry, or is it of modern vintage? And if it is of 
long standing, please give whatever particulars you are aware of.

Thanks!
Arnie Perlstein
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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