James Joyce: steps towards a diagnosis

J Hist Neurosci. 2000 Dec;9(3):294-306. doi: 10.1076/0964-704x(200012)9:3;1-#;ft294.


Authors whose scholarship is in the golden realm of English literature have not hesitated to make pronouncements on James Joyce's health. A publication in this genre claims he had tabes dorsalis. One feels that an authoritative comment, accepting or rejecting a diagnosis of neurosyphilis, should be provided by the Journal of the History of the Neurosciences.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis, Reactive / diagnosis
  • Arthritis, Reactive / history*
  • Cost of Illness
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Famous Persons*
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Literature, Modern / history*
  • Male
  • Medicine in Literature
  • Northern Ireland
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / history
  • Tabes Dorsalis / diagnosis
  • Tabes Dorsalis / history*

Personal name as subject

  • J Joyce
  • J Elwood