Were you a lit major, or just an avid reader? Did it ever seem odd to you that there are so many literary references to madness in the 18th century? Edgar Allan Poe’s work is full of it, of course, and then there’s the archetypal madwoman in the attic.
In McKay Jenkins “What’s Gotten Into Us“, he speaks with toxicologist Albert Donnay, who suggests that all this madness was actually due to Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Why? The widespread use of natural gas lighting in homes in the 1800’s.
Carbon Monoxide can cause brain damage… which might have been interpreted as madness in those cases.
Do you have risks for Carbon Monoxide poisoning in your home? Read below to learn what you need to know.