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Charles Darwin had vomiting sickness

An academic is claiming that Charles Darwin suffered from a genetic vomiting disorder.

Darwin often became a virtual recluse during the worst episodes.

Previous theories regarding the cause of his illness have included hypochondria or panic disorders, while others claimed the problems lay with ‘repressed anger towards his father’, nervousness about his relationship with his wife or guilt over conflict with his earlier religious beliefs.

However, writing in the British Medical Journal online, Prof John Hayman, claimed it was probably cyclical vomiting syndrome. As well as vomiting, the condition causes nausea, headaches, stomach and skin problems – all symptoms from which the On the Origin of the Species aothor suffered.

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