Friday, October 30, 2015
"The (Still) Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe." Smithsonian. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Oct. 2015. In the article, "The (Still) Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe", the author has nine theories based on how Poe could have potentially died. The one that stuck out was the theory that Edgar Allan Poe may have had rabies. The article shares that Poe was found, on a street in Baltimore, with foam coming out of his mouth. When Poe eventually was in his hospital bed, he was suffering from major hallucinations, confusion, delirium, and shallow breathing. At the hospital, Poe was given water to drink from and he had a very tough time swallowing it. This is known as hydrophobia, the fear of water, which is a symptom of rabies. Dr. J.J. Moran, supervising physician, said that Poe was suffering from rabies. A few days later, Dr. Moran declared Poe as dead. During that time period, rabies was actually pretty common to get. This theory states that Poe was one of the unlucky souls who ended up getting it. The author is trying to make their own theory known, they want readers to agree and understand their points. The author of this article believes that one of the many theories that Poe could have died from, is rabies. I personally do not agree with this theory. There was no explanation on how his clothes ended up differently. There was also no animal bite on Poe, or at least it has not been recorded.