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Darwin's Illness

Ralph Colp Jr.


The year 2009 marked the bicentennial of Charles Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species. From 1840 to his death in 1882, Darwin was constantly plagued by chronic illnesses that allowed him to work only a few hours at a time and by an obsession with his physical health. Was this the psychosomatic product of stress resulting from the development and public reception to his theory of evolution or the result of a disease or parasite obtained during the world traveler's excursions? In 1977, the author of this volume argued persuasively for the former ex ... More

Keywords: Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species, psychosomatic, stress, illness, theory of evolution, physical health

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780813032313
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813032313.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ralph Colp Jr., author
Columbia University

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