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February 21, 2004

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Walter

If not for syphilis, why was he taking mercury?

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Deb

Walter--

Mercury was used quite widely for a variety of ailments, so Wilde's use of mercury does not in itself prove syphilis. But the use of mercury in conjunction with the probable time of infection is very suspicious indeed. Ellmann was quite clear when he wrote of the reason that Wilde lost Florence Balcome to Bram Stoker--who, by the way, was clearly syphilitic. Tabes dorsalis was on his death certificate. Ellmann: "His obligatory two years' wait after syphilis had been diagnosed was not over." Mercury would have been the treatment of choice during a two-year wait for marriage. (page 104 of his Wilde biography). On page 95 he wrote: "He adopted mercury rather that religion as the specific for his dreadful disease." It would have been nice if Ellmann had footnoted how he knew that.

Dave Bridge

I hope new editions will include explanations of Medical terms.

Dave Bridge

I hope new editions will include explanations of Medical terms.

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