Friday, February 11, 2005

You Know the Stratford Case is Lost. . .

. . . when they have to resort to the theory that Shakespeare suffered from syphilis to explain his erratic, illiterate signatures and his odd "retirement" in his late forties - (From the Feb. 1 issue of the research journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.) and World Science:

Shakespeare mentioned sexually transmitted disease (STD) symptoms – and treatments – in several of his plays and poems, including Troilus and Cressida, As You Like It, and Sonnets.

In Shakespeare’s time, one of the treatments for syphilis, inhalation of mercury vapor, was worse than the disease. Ross suggests that Shakespeare’s tremulous signature on his will, his social withdrawal in later years, and even his baldness might all be due to a mild degree of mercury vapor poisoning.

I've got another explanation.