Friday, October 30, 2015
"The (Still) Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe." Smithsonian. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2015. In the article, "The Still Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe", one of the many theories, was that he may have died from heavy metal poisoning. A few months before Poe died, he had tests taken, and the tests did say that he had elevated amounts of mercury in his system. Poe had been exposed to cholera epidemic in July, which explains why his mercury levels were so elevated. Being exposed to cholera epidemic was a result of his high levels of mercury. These mercury levels explain some of Poe's hallucinations and his delirium before his tragic death. The author is a believer on how Poe could have died from heavy metal poisoning. The author did not include much detail on this theory, which pushed me toward thinking that this did not actually happened to Poe. This article has a lot of "results" and "maybes." I do not think Edgar Allan Poe's death was caused by heavy metal poisoning.