One reason alcohol played a role in Poe's death is because an attending doctor at the hospital that Poe was being taken care of at describes Poe as having "Tremor of the limbs, and at first a busy, but not violent or active delirium -constant talking - and vacant converse with spectral and imaginary objects on the walls. His face was pale and his whole person drenched in perspiration" (Walsh 41) After his wife died it was reported that Poe started drinking a lot of alcohol and his life began to spin out of control. New York Times newspaper released an article that stated Poe might have an alcohol problem even as a kid. My thoughts regarding this article are consistent what I think happened. I think Poe was outside the saloon. Poe might have had a drink not intending on getting drunk and dying.
My third and final piece of evidence is that dmits the primary weakness is that the lack of scratch marks and or bite marks that Poe would have gotten had he been bit by a rabid animal disproves the theory that Poe died of rabies. After hearing Dr. Bentiez admits the primary weakness is the lack of scratch marks or bite marks. (If only Poe succeeded when he said to never drink) After reading that,I feel you really cannot prove the rabies theory. At the time, the technology wasn’t the greatest so without the bite or scratch marks I feel doctors couldn’t prove that Poe had rabies.
Other sources say that Edgar Allan Poe was not an alcoholic and that even the smallest amount of alcohol would make him sick.Others think that Poe’s cause of death was rabies. Their reason is that most rabies