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J Med Biogr. 2003 Feb;11(1):47-54.

What was the cause of Nietzsche's dementia?

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Montgomery Center for Research in Child and Adolescent Development, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA. leonardsax@prodigy.net

Abstract

Many scholars have argued that Nietzsche's dementia was caused by syphilis. A careful review of the evidence suggests that this consensus is probably incorrect. The syphilis hypothesis is not compatible with most of the evidence available. Other hypotheses--such as slowly growing right-sided retro-orbital meningioma--provide a more plausible fit to the evidence.

PMID:
12522502
DOI:
10.1177/096777200301100113
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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