Dickens and Disease

from Dickens 1857 novel The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices:

"A chilled, slow, earthy, fixed old man. A cadaverous man of measured speech. An old man who seems as unable to wink, as if his eyelids had been nailed to his forehead. An old man whose eyes – two spots of fire – had no more motion that if they had been connected with the back of his skull by screws driven through it, and riveted and bolted outside, among his grey hair…He had come in and shut the door, and he now sat down. He did not bend himself to sit as other people did, but seemed to sink bold upright, as if in water until the chair stopped him"

Anyone have any idea what disease is described above?

Currently writing a review article on this disease for a Neurology journal.

posted on Sunday, March 19, 2006 7:15 PM


# re: Dickens and Disease 3/19/2006 8:17 PM Anatoly Lubarsky

May be this ?


# re: Dickens and Disease 3/20/2006 12:23 AM Misha

Yes. Good googling.

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