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While waiting in digs to join HMS Beagle just before Christmas 1831, Charles Darwin suffered severe heart palpations. Fearing he had had a heart attack Darwin told no one lest he was not allowed on his voyage of a lifetime. For five years on the Beagle, Darwin had no more trouble, except seasickness and a severe fever in South America. However, on returning to England, marrying, and moving to London, he began suffering from a wide range of gut and systemic symptoms. He would suffer these for the rest of his life. They forced him to move out of London to the quiet village of Down(e). He was never diagnosed until now, in spite of claims of arsenic poisoning, Chagas’ disease, and various descriptive gut ailments.
Here I show that Darwin’s 50-
4th February 2015
Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre
Cardiff School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences