Saturday, January 12, 2008

I never realized before that W.H. Auden had a skin disease. It's called Touraine-Solente-Golé Syndrome, or pachydermoperiostosis, and its symptoms include "enlargement of the fingers and toes (clubbing), a condition in which there is a fibrous covering on the ends of the long bones (periostosis), coarse facial features, increased bulk of the skin on the scalp forming folds, depressions or furrows of the scalp (cutis verticis gyrata), and/or excessive sweating of the hands and feet."

I always thought his face got that way as a result of smoking and, you know, worrying a lot.