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Edgar Allan Poe: 1849
Baltimore, Maryland

Edgar Allan Poe was admitted to George Washington College Hospital (now called Church Hospital) in Baltimore on the evening of 3 October 1849.

According to the resident physician John J. Moran, Poe remained “unconscious of his condition” from the evening he was brought in until early the next morning, after which he was “pale, his whole person drenched in perspiration,” and delirious, talking to imaginary persons on the walls and around him. His delirium and incoherence continued, at times turning violent, and during the early morning of 5 October he died.

Poe's cause of death was described by Moran as Delirium Tremens, or an acute toxic delirium caused by withdrawing from alcohol consumption following habitual excessive drinking.


Old Washington Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland [Top three images--18 June 1959; bottom image--7 June 1959]


Old Washington Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland [Top image--22 June 1959; bottom image--7 June 1959]


Poe's Death Tablet at the Old Washington Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland [20 June 1954]


Poe's Death Plaque at the Old Washington Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland [3 August 1959]

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