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24e Dickens lezing "Dickens en de geneeskunde"

Prof.Dr. Ernst E. van der Wall, cardioloog, schreef een omvangrijk engelstalig boek over dit thema. De lezing is in het Nederlands. € 8,00 inclusief glas punch. Met medewerking van het dameskoor 'Voiz'
24e Dickens lezing "Dickens en de geneeskunde"

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06 feb. 2022 14:30 – 16:00 CET
Haren, Brinkhorst 3, 9751 AS Haren, Nederland

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Dickens in the Heart of Medicine Implications for Today Medical Practice

At the time of this writing, it is  150 years ago since Charles Dickens passed away on 9 June 1870. In the  present memorial issue, attention is paid to several medical features of  Dickens as he was fascinated by medicine and medical diseases, both in a  literary and humanitarian way. These features are his fictional  physicians, his real-life physicians, his fascination with eccentric  medical approaches, his presumed cardiovascular disease, the potential  cardiac disorders he described, and finally his impact on the medical  literature since his death 150 years ago till present time. With respect  to his fictional doctors, it was shown that Dickens’s attitude towards  his doctors proved to be more benign than hitherto suggested by several  scholars. Regarding the medical practices of the 19th century, Dickens  followed, on one hand, the orthodox medical principles of his time, but,  on the other hand, he cherished unorthodox ‘eccentric’ medical  approaches. It was revealed that many of the 19th century medical  practices are still applied in the present-day. In Dickens’s real-life,  35 physicians were found to have played a certain role, of whom 15  physicians Dickens considered his true friends. The connections with his  physicians were certainly not second to those with his artistic  friends, but should be seen from a different perspective. On 9 June  1870, Dickens died of a major stroke preceded by several minor strokes,  very likely caused by a cardiac rhythm disturbance called atrial  fibrillation. Finally, it was sought for cardiac diseases or diseases  with cardiovascular complications in his novels. At the end of this  investigational work, an extensive list is presented including the  medical papers referring to Dickens in the period from 1870-2020,  clearly showing that Dickens is still very much alive in the realm of  current medicine. About the author. Ernst E. van der Wall (1947) is  Professor Emeritus of Cardiology at the Leiden University Medical Center  (LUMC), The Netherlands. At the end of the 1970s, he became a member of  the Haarlem Branch of the Dickens Fellowship. Following his retirement,  he decided to focus his attention on the various medical aspects of  Charles Dickens, in particular on the cardiovascular aspects. Professor  van der Wall is married, has three sons, and lives in Amsterdam.

Aan het einde van deze Dickens Lezing wordt in de film het traditionele glas Dickensian rumpunch geheven met een toost op de 210de geboortedag van Charles Dickens.

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