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Maladies of Marcel Proust. Doctors and Disease in His Life and Work.

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By Straus Bernard. . 175 pages. Holmes & Meier; , New York and London: , 1980.. $24.50.


Ann Intern Med. 1982;96(2):262. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-96-2-262_1
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The medical biography of artists, composers, and writers is a relatively new genre. Until recently one could read a biography of a creative artist and scarcely be aware of a day's illness. Given a subject who enjoyed robust health, the medical details may be unimportant; a paragraph here and there would suffice. But for a subject such as Proust, who had chronic, disabling illness most of his life, the medical details are essential. Unless one is prepared to deny the continuing relationship between life and art, an accurate account and careful analysis of his medical problems provides an indispensable background

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