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One Hundredth Anniversary of Goethe's Death
It has been the custom to regard Goethe as the prototype of mens sana in corpore sano, but even he had to bow to the fate of all mortals and to suffer from the visitations of disorders and disease. A survey of the pathologic history of the "greatest German" is presented by Dr. Hochstetter in the Deutsche medizinische Wochenschrift. Although little is known of the details, Goethe appears to have passed through the usual children's diseases: chickenpox, measles and "the countless torments of youth." His first serious illness, which developed in 1768, toward the end of his student days at the University of Leipzig, was associated with a violent hemoptysis, and it may be assumed that this illness, so much discussed by Goethe's biographers, was the result of a pulmonary hemorrhage of tuberculous origin. The painful swelling on the neck, which probably consisted of
BERLIN. JAMA. 1932;98(17):1488-1489. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730430064021