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Doctors To Examine Darwin’s Mystery Illness

BALTIMORE (AP) — Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution revolutionized biology, but the health problems that plagued the British naturalist for decades are not as well known.

Doctors will examine Darwin’s painful illness and death at a conference in Baltimore on Friday.

The annual conference hosted by the University of Maryland School of Medicine and VA Maryland Health Care System offers modern medical diagnoses for the mysterious illnesses and deaths of historical figures. In past years, the conference has looked at Alexander the Great, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Booker T. Washington.

Darwin, who lived from 1809 to 1882, traveled the world in his 20s cataloging and observing wildlife and later published “On the Origin of Species.” Guest speakers include Darwin’s great-great-granddaughter, poet Ruth Padel, who penned the book, “Darwin: A Life in Poems.”

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. PAUL E. MICELLI says:

    WITH ALL THE SUFFERING AND PAIN IN THIS WORLD THAT’S HOW THEY SPEND THEIR TIME. WOULDN’T HURT IF SOMEONE DONATED THEIR PROFESSIONAL TALENTS INTO SOMETHING WORTHWHILE FOR HUMANITY. WONDER WHY YOUR DOCTOR’S BILL IS SO HIGH? I HOPE TAXPAYERS MONIES ARE NOT BEING USED FOR THIS WASTE OF TIME. READ ABOUT IT IN THE HISTORY BOOKS AND GET ON WITH THE OATH THAT WAS SWORN TO HELP AND HEAL HUMANKIND.

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