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Studying Has anyone ever died from studying to much?

  1. Jan 4, 2012 #1
    Hi,

    I was wondering if anyone has ever died from studying to much. Like if some people become really obsessed with studying that they study for like 50 hours straight and forget to eat, drink, and sleep. I heard of people like playing video games for 50 hours nonstop were they get so concentrated to playing their video game that they forgot to sleep and eat food and just collapsed off their chairs while playing a video game. I'm wondering if there has been any people in history who were like obsessed with studying and just like collapsed and were found on their floors with like a book on their table open because they studied to long.
     
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  3. Jan 4, 2012 #2
    I know that Marie curie fainted because she studied too much and didn't eat. I got the info from her biography by Eve Curie (her daughter)
     
  4. Jan 4, 2012 #3

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    i think one or two of the Curies died from studying radium.
     
  5. Jan 4, 2012 #4

    Vanadium 50

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    Since one was run over by a stagecoach, that sets an upper bound on how many could have died from studying radiation.
     
  6. Jan 4, 2012 #5

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    Wikipedia:
    [Marie] Curie died in 1934 of aplastic anemia brought on by her years of exposure to radiation.[6]

    "Pierre Curie died in a street accident in Paris on 19 April 1906. Crossing the busy Rue Dauphine in the rain at the Quai de Conti, he slipped and fell under a heavy horse drawn cart. He died instantly when one of the wheels ran over his head, fracturing his skull.[4]"


    But it all depends on your definition of "from". A person thinking about radium can be carelessly run down by a stagecoach.
     
  7. Jan 4, 2012 #6
    I was just wondering if someone like died from studying to much nonstop at one time were they get to the point were they forget to eat and drink and just like collapse and fall out of their chairs from dehydration because they became obsessed and forgot to do these things. People have seriously played video games for like 50 hours straight because they were obsessed and forgot to eat, drink, and sleep and just like fell out of their chairs and die from dehydration. I was wondering if like some professor just studied for like 50 hours nonstop because they were obsessed and died because they were so concentrated in their work that they forgot to eat, drink and sleep and hence died because they studied to much at one time
     
  8. Jan 4, 2012 #7
    from as in like just sitting in their rooms and studying nonstop for long periods of time so they become obsessed and forget to do things to keep them alive
     
  9. Jan 4, 2012 #8
    I searched 'professor dead from too much studying' and got this:
    English translation:
    A 28-year-old Thai student died of cerebral hemorrhage after presenting himself by exam to enter his judgeship. Doctors attributed his death to physical and mental exhaustion, caused by the extended time that he spent studying more than 16 hours daily.

    The paragraph is from a newspaper in Spanish.
     
  10. Jan 4, 2012 #9
    hm interesting, studying for 16 hours a day every single day can exhaust the body to the point were it dies... interesting...
     
  11. Jan 4, 2012 #10
    I know right! I would have never guessed.
     
  12. Jan 4, 2012 #11
    well how does mental exhaustion kill you? If you think about it studying appears to be a very safe activity to take part in and is normally not something that I would consider bad for my health. Studying for 16 hours a day every day would probably make you tired and exhausted but I wouldn't think that it would kill you. I find it odd. If you remember to eat food and stuff I don't see why it would hurt you.
     
  13. Jan 4, 2012 #12
    Well that does leave him 8 hours of sleep (without taking classes into account). I really don't know. You bring up a good point.
     
  14. Jan 4, 2012 #13
    I assume it was because he wasn't sleeping much, which eventually compromises your immune system.
     
  15. Jan 4, 2012 #14
    Even if he (somehow) slept enough, mental stress can fatigue ones body as effectively as lack of sleep.
     
  16. Jan 5, 2012 #15

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    For the noobs, we had some poster, I think he called himself "mathboy" and he told us that he learned for 12 hours per day, never heard from him again, makes you wonder doesn't it...
     
  17. Jan 5, 2012 #16
    ROFL... but seriously, you would go insane before downright dying.
     
  18. Jan 5, 2012 #17

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    @curl, we all know what are the consequences from working too much, studying is the same.

    It's a pitty you can't make money from just learning higher and higher maths. (I mean to get money you need to provide some service, learning math for its own sake doesn't bring money, so I wonder how can someone be only focused on learning).
     
  19. Jan 5, 2012 #18
    ^
    If figuring out how to get money is not currently a concern of their's, then it could be done. The person in question could've been one who is supported by another source, say, their parents. :-)
     
  20. Jan 5, 2012 #19
    are you talking about the guy who said that his butt hurt from studying 12 hours a day every single and was wondering what he should do about it or was it someone else? I remember that lol.
     
  21. Jan 5, 2012 #20
    Gee thanks, now I won't be able to sleep until I finally find that thread :P
     
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