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Henrik Ibsen's Battle with Cerebrovascular Disease.

https://arctichealth.org/en/permalink/ahliterature297862
Source
Front Neurol Neurosci. 2018; 43:138-144
Publication Type
Biography
Historical Article
Journal Article
Date
2018
Author
Jan C Frich
Source
Front Neurol Neurosci. 2018; 43:138-144
Date
2018
Language
English
Publication Type
Biography
Historical Article
Journal Article
Keywords
Cerebrovascular Disorders - complications - diagnosis - therapy
Drama - history
History, 19th Century
History, 20th Century
Hospitalization - statistics & numerical data
Humans
Norway
Paresis - diagnosis - history - therapy
Physicians - history
Stroke - complications - history - therapy
Writing
Abstract
Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) is a Norwegian playwright and poet who is known as the father of modern drama. Ibsen was in good health when he announced at his 70th birthday celebration that he intended to continue writing. His last play, When We Dead Awaken, was published in 1899. Why did Ibsen's dramatic writing come to an end? This chapter presents a medical account of Ibsen's health condition during the last 6 years of his life. It is based on a review of a document written by one of his doctors, Edvard Bull (1845-1925), letters, biographic information, and Ibsen's death certificate. The historical material suggests that he suffered from arteriosclerosis and cerebrovascular disease, and that he suffered several strokes, in 1900, 1901, and 1903. He suffered a paresis in his left foot, expressive aphasia, and a right hemiparesis, and he lost the ability to write. There is no evidence that Ibsen was hospitalised. He received medical treatment and care at his home and at a recreational spa. His health condition was unstable, and it is likely that he suffered from a series of smaller strokes in the last years of his life. Ibsen developed signs of heart failure, and he died peacefully from "paralysis cordis" at his home on May 23rd, 1906.
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30336461 View in PubMed
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