Letter to the Editor| Volume 378, P120-121, July 15, 2017

Marcel Proust's contacts with neurology. Did mistrust in doctors lead him to refuse life-saving therapies?

  • Antonio Perciaccante
    Corresponding author at: “San Giovanni di Dio Hospital”, Department of Medicine, via Fatebenefratelli 34, 34170 Gorizia, Italy.
    Department of Medicine, “San Giovanni di Dio” Hospital, Gorizia, Italy
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  • Alessia Coralli
    AAS 2 Bassa Friulana-Isontina, Gorizia, Italy
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  • Philippe Charlier
    Section of Medical and Forensic Anthropology (UVSQ & Paris-Descartes University EA 4569), Montigny-Le-Bretonneux, France

    CASH & IPES, Nanterre, France
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  • Otto Appenzeller
    New Mexico Health Enhancement and Marathon Clinics Research Foundation, 361 Big Horne Ridge Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM, USA

    New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, 1801 Mountain, Road NW, Albuquerque, NM, USA
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  • Raffaella Bianucci
    Warwick Medical School, Microbiology and Infection Division, The University of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry CV4 7AL, United Kingdom

    Department of Public Health and Paediatric Sciences, Legal Medicine Section, University of Turin, Corso Galileo Galilei, 22, 10126, Turin, Italy

    UMR 7268, Laboratoire d'Anthropologie bio-culturelle, Droit, Etique & Santé (Adés), Faculté de Médecine de Marseille, Secteur Nord Batiment A - CS80011 Bd Pierre Dramard, 13344 Marseille Cedex 15, France
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      The French novelist Marcel Proust (1871–1922) died of complicated bronchopneumonia on November 18, 1922 [
      • Albaret C.
      Monsieur Proust.
      ]. His housekeeper recounted that the writer refused treatment and further investigations suggested by his general practitioner, stating that “it was useless to prolong a life so infamous” [
      • Albaret C.
      Monsieur Proust.
      ]. Here, we attempt to analyze the causes of Proust's choice to refuse the treatment.
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