Thomas Mann y las enfermedades infecciosas en la primera mitad del siglo Xx. Parte I: Fiebre tifoidea, meningitis y sfilis

Ledermann, W.

Revista chilena de infectología 36(2): 190-194


DOI: 10.4067/s0716-10182019000200190
Accession: 068491863

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Surely, Thomas Mann is today a forgotten writer, with only a little and precious group of readers between our young colleagues. However, perhaps could be useful for the others some knowledge about his vision of the infectious diseases in the first half of the twentieth century, when he wrote the novels here reviewed. Typhoid fever, meningitis, tuberculosis, syphilis and cholera are present in Mann's thematic from Buddenbrooks till Doktor Faustus, always with a personal focus, more on spirit -the will to live - rather than on flesh and bones… or bacteria. One of his later and minor works let us throw an ironical glance over transplant, no so named, indeed, by Mann, who speaks of "exchange". In this first part we present typhoid fever, meningitis and syphilis.