The Infections in the History of Medicine

The Poet and the Disease
Stamatiou Konstantinos, Sgouridou Maria
Ugo Foscolo, was an Italian writer, revolutionary and poet whose works rank among the masterpieces of Italian literature. Talented and well educated in philosophy, classics and Italian literature, Foscolo gave literary expression to his ideological aspirations and to his numerous amorous experiences in odes, sonnets, plays, poems and an epistolary novel. Concurrent with his rich literary output, Foscolo’s correspondence represents a unique perspective from which to monitor his literary and political views and investigate aspects of his everyday life. Among other interesting information, one can find elements of Foscolo's medical history which is generally unknown. In the present article we investigate the longstanding lower urinary tract symptoms as reported by the poet in his correspondence to his family and friends.

Page 158-162 - Vol.24 N. 2 - 2016