Burning up

  title={Burning up},
  author={Theodore Dalrymple},
  journal={BMJ : British Medical Journal},
  • T. Dalrymple
  • Published 3 September 2012
  • BMJ : British Medical Journal
As in many cases of supposed spontaneous human combustion, Krook is a heavy drinker (one hypothesis being that alcohol ignites in the stomach as in a flambée). His is the most famous case in literature of this strange phenomenon, the existence of which some still try to prove. Dickens was promptly criticised by George Henry Lewes, the severely rationalist philosopher and companion of George Eliot, for pandering to an absurd popular superstition. Dickens, of course, denied that he was doing any…