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Discussion Preview 1 Charles Dickens and Faces of Perfection. Charles Dickens’ Misdiagnosis. Charles Dickens suffered from many symptoms that mostly affected the left side of his body. Because of the time period in which he lived (1800’s) he was misdiagnosed as having Gout.

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Discussion Preview 1Charles Dickens and Faces of Perfection


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Charles Dickens’ Misdiagnosis

  • Charles Dickens suffered from many symptoms that mostly affected the left side of his body.

  • Because of the time period in which he lived (1800’s) he was misdiagnosed as having Gout.

  • Gout is a disease that affects the joints and it is caused by higher than normal levels of uric acid in joints.

  • The symptoms of gout are swelling, soreness, inflammation and even blistering.


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Dickens’ Symptoms

  • Symptoms included:

    • Severe pain in left eye

    • Numbness to left side of the body

    • Tenderness, pain and blistering of the left foot

    • He could only read see half letters

    • Denial of symptoms

  • It is clear from these symptoms that Dickens had some sort of damage in his right temporoparietal lobe.


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Dickens’ Diagnosis

  • This study diagnosed Dickens with the following:

    • Hemispherical neglect for words

    • Paroxysmal Pains (stabbing pains)

    • Hyperpathia (increased pain from normally non-painfull stimulus)

    • Allodynia (pain in areas not stimulated)

    • Hypoalegesia (decreased pain to normally painful stimilus)

    • Anasognosia (feeling of not being ill when you really are)


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Implications of the study

  • This study hopes to shed light on people who suffer with damage to one specific area of the brain

  • Study hopes that with new technology, research and innovative imaging reparation of damaged lobes and restoration of feeling in the appropriate parts of the body will be possible.


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Questions for discussion

  • What part of the right temporoparietal lobe was damaged in the case of Charles Dickens?

  • Do you believe it will ever be possible to repair a lobe knowing that there are millions of complicated connections between every nerves?


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Sources cited

  • http://www.psychlaws.org/generalresources/article55.htm

  • http://www.painonline.org/allo.htm

  • http://www.rheumatology.org.nz/nz08003.htm


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