Follow-up to “What was ailing Louisa May Alcott?”

Harriet Reisen sent me a section from her book, Louisa May Alcott The Woman Behind Little Women that nicely summarizes Drs. Hirschhorn and Greaves' article (see post): Chapter 17: “The Cream of Things,” (page 271 in hardback) “Louisa continued to believe Dr. Kane’s 1870 diagnosis, that mercury poisoning from calomel lay at the root of …

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What was ailing Louisa May Alcott?

Susan Cheever's book has now led me through Louisa's service in the Civil War and her battle with pneumonia and typhoid which resulted in high doses of calomel and subsequent mercury poisoning. Her service resulted in her finding her true voice as a writer, but at a terrible cost with regards to her health. She …