AOHC, May 3 2005, Washington DC Session
2301-Creative Presentations for OEM Physicians Historic Grand Rounds: The Illness &
Death of Edgar Allan Poe
•Edgar Allan Poe,
the creator of the detective story, left
the greatest mystery of his life unsolved —the cause of his
recurring illness and early death
at the age of 40.
•Presented here by
Poe himself in the format of a Historic
Grand Rounds are the many clues that Poe
left for us in the words of his own letters and his tales, along with the diagnoses offered by his family, friends and the physicians who knew him. As in a traditional Grand Rounds, the audience will be invited to guess the cause of Poe’s illness at the conclusion of his remarks.
•This play was
written in 2000 to educate health professionals
about what is still a very common cause
of illness and death in America. A review in the NIH Record of a 2002 performance at the National Library of Medicine described the play as “riveting” and “spellbinding” – don’t miss