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In the Land of Pain

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 15 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1460
  1. Anna Ellis (, fourth year medical student
  1. University of Sheffield, and BMJ Clegg scholar

    Alphonse Daudet

    Ed Julian Barnes

    Jonathan Cape, £10, pp 102

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    ISBN 0 224 06267 0

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    Alphonse Daudet was a novelist who lived in France in the second half of the 19th century. At the age of 17 he contracted syphilis, which lay dormant for some 20 years. He eventually developed locomotor ataxia as a result of tabes dorsalis, when the disease moved to his neurological system. He died in 1897 at the age of 57.

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