27 October 2012

Charles Darwin got psychologically triggered vomiting and boils while writing that reduced him to working only a couple hours a day for much of his productive life.

6 comments:

lostgander said...

You're not Charles Darwin.

wrenna said...

No, I do not have a grand theory to defend against tawdry associations, class unrest, and irreligiousness. And Darwin was clearly worse off than I.

lostgander said...

See? That should make you feel better. At least you're not vomiting all over your notes.

wrenna said...

It does. When I panic working on philosophy I just switch back to reading the Darwin biography and there he is, vomiting and covered in boils. If I had lived during the nineteenth century I surely would have been some sort of hysteric.

lostgander said...

And as was customary in those days your doctor would've likely administered the infamous "pelvic massage."

wrenna said...

Ew. I wrote a paper on hysteria once. It was about the series of poses a hysteric was supposed to adopt during an attack. I still have a largely incomprehensible book by the art historian Georges Didi-Huberman on the subject.