Joseph Conrad's illness narratives: evidence from the Collected Letters and a new diagnosis
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Over 840 letters in the nine-volume ‘Collected Letters’ series refer to Joseph Conrad’s health worries and symptoms. Conrad attributed his symptoms to gout. However, the letters suggest a recurring complex illness, probably Systemic Lupus Erythematosis (SLE). Later degenerative symptoms suggest Osteoarthritis rather than the destructive inflammatory arthritis typically associated with gout.
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