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Edgar Allen Poe Essay

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Edgar Allan Poe

For my research paper I plan to talk about Edgar Allan Poe. I chose him because I really appreciate his work. He is dubbed the father of detective fiction. Detective fiction is a sub-genre of crime fiction and mystery fiction in which an investigator (often a detective), either professional or amateur, investigates a crime, often murder; these stories always have a lot of drama and constant changes that leave the reader always being surprised. In my opinion, this is one of the most entertaining and suspenseful forms of story writing that is even still used to this day. Such stories like Sherlock Holmes may never have come into the literary world without him. Edgar Allan ...view middle of the document...

He separated from the Allans and began an anonymous poem collection called Tamerlane and Other Poems (1827) that was vaguely credited to “a Bostonian.”

Another aspect I feel should take prominence in this paper is his unknown reason for death. He died only at the age of 40 and there are so many speculative reasons as to how he died because it happened in such a public way. He was found on the streets of Baltimore delirious and without his own clothes on. He kept shouting repetitively the name of a man still not known to this day. All medical records, including his death certificate, have been lost. The only information remaining are historical accounts of symptoms leading up to his death. The accounts are recorded to indicate that he was delirious with tremors and hallucinations, then he slipped in a coma. He came out of the coma and seemed calm and normal only to become delirious again with combative behavior requiring restraint and slipped back into a coma. In an analysis almost 147 years after his death, doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center believe that writer Edgar Allan Poe may have died as a result of rabies, not from complications of alcoholism. Poe's medical case was reviewed by R. Michael Benitez, M.D., a cardiologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center. His review is published in the September 1996 issue of Maryland Medical Journal:
In his analysis, Dr. Benitez examined all of the possible causes for delirium, which include trauma, vascular disorders in the brain, neurological problems such as epilepsy, and infections. Alcohol withdrawal is also a potential cause of tremors and delirium, and Poe was known to have abused alcohol and opiate drugs. However, the medical records indicate that Poe had abstained from alcohol for six months before his death, and there was no evidence of alcohol use when he was admitted.
"In addition, it is unusual for patients suffering from alcohol withdrawal to become acutely ill, recover for a brief time, and then worsen and die," says Dr. Benitez, who adds that withdrawal from opiates does not produce the same scenario of symptoms as Poe's illness.
Dr. Benitez says in the final stages of rabies, it is common for people to have periods of confusion that come and go, along with wide swings in pulse rate and other body functions, such as respiration and temperature. All of that occurred for Poe, according to medical records kept by Dr. John J. Moran who cared for Poe in his final days. In addition, the median length of survival after the onset of serious symptoms is four days, which is exactly the number of days Poe was hospitalized before his death.”
Such an undisclosed and unconfirmed death reason definitely merits attention as these doctors also agree as they are conducting research and...

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