Drink, dames & disease: Erasmus Darwin on inheritance.

  title={Drink, dames & disease: Erasmus Darwin on inheritance.},
  author={Philip K. Wilson},
  journal={Vesalius : acta internationales historiae medicinae},
  volume={13 2},
Dr Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802) readily acknowledged that diseases including gout, consumption, scrofula, epilepsy, and insanity were hereditarily transferred. He also viewed a particular interconnectedness between intemperance (alcoholism) and other hereditary diseases. Darwin's view of 'hereditary' incorporated a malleable admixture of nature and nurture… CONTINUE READING