Nietzsche’s Illness

NietzscheSo it appears that Nietzsche may not have had syphilis after all!

This article from the Telegraph suggests that Nietzsche’s symptoms – headaches, visual disturbances and his eventual collapse – were more consistent with brain cancer than with advanced syphilis. Really, it doesn’t make much difference from a philosophical point of view what he died from, but as this article points out, the claim that Nietzsche was syphilitic has been used as a kind of ad hominem attack against his ideas for a long time.


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