Syphilis, Rembrandt, Miss Samborn discussed on Stuff To Blow Your Mind


We may not have noses anymore because of this illness, but hey, where people and we want to look at each other like where people and not worry about, oh, what's in all these other people that don't have syphilis or don't realize they have syphilis wearing other stages of the illness are looking at me and judging me for for what I am and making judgments about my moral character based on what has happened well and fits Harris, has that blog posts still syphilis a love. Story, which essentially talks about this when I believe it is miss Samborn, who eventually takes the fake news off at her husband's request because he accepts her as she is. You know, it's interesting. I was listening to that BBC program, the cultural history of syphilis, which I'll I'll linked to on the the landing page for this podcast episode, but they, they go into some of the cases of individuals, particularly in the the seventeenth century who end up if not finding pride in their civic appearance, they at least you know, come to own it. You see individuals like Sir, William Davin int sixteen six through sixteen sixty eight. There's a poet playwright, and he was famously not shy about being painted or depicted in artwork without a false nose. So you see a very sunk in saddle, nose, you know, almost vacant, you know, part of his facial features, and he was pretty upfront about it. Another instance, you have artist Gerard. Ardila Reese sixteen forty one through seventeen eleven, who's actually a prominent painter, and he was born with congenital syphilis and he he was. There's actually a painting of him by Rembrandt, which I'll put on the blog for everyone to see because it's it's a, it's a Rembrandt p. So it's it's splendid to behold, but here's an individual who you know who's sitting for a portrait. He's he's, he's open and and free about who he is. You know, he's not trying to hide it at this point. And you see a number of individuals say John Wilmot the second Earl Rochester who is portrayed by Johnny Depp in the movie of libertine. You see individuals like this who basically say, yeah, I have syphilis. I have had a wildlife and the the wages of having that loud life are syphilis. So it's it's almost like a bag of honor. Yeah, it's like when you hear, I've heard people say, point at Rockstars aging Rockstars, say who they look rough, but they party. Hard to get there. You know to say that what has happened to them is is like a badge of honor because it says they have enjoyed their younger life, and that is why they're they're older form is so decrepit I, then that's what you're seeing in some of these individuals. Now, granted, these are individuals that were living at the in the upper echelon of society. So they had a little more room to, you know, to grab onto that pride, they weren't dying of syphilis, you know, in in the slums in, likewise, some of these individuals to also had taken to various ideas about how civilised could be treated. So they thought that perhaps they're, they're syphilis, was being treated and managed by regular mercury treatments in one of those mercury steam baths, which as we mentioned in the previous episode may was likely making their symptoms worse. In some cases, said they thought that a, they were above sort of some of the social rules in place because of their position in society m b that they might. Might have been vanquishing it. So they were not quite as concerned about how they looked perhaps. Yeah. And if you're if you're looking at the body from a less religious standpoint, you're looking at more from a hedonistic or even mechanical standpoint..

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