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18th Apr '17 7:27:15 PM Pamina
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* While the term "brain fever" isn't used, the opera ''Lucia di Lammermoor'' treats the heroine's madness in much the same way, as she dies offstage within hours of losing her mind. Some productions avert this, though, and have her stab herself at the end of the Mad Scene to make her death more explicable.
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15th Apr '17 11:47:42 PM Juicehead_Baby
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A popular plot device in the nineteenth century, but also appearing in earlier works, Brain Fever isn't used much anymore because, well, [[ScienceMarchesOn diseases don't work that way]]. Today, we have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder ([[Creator/GeorgeCarlin formerly called]] [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne Shell Shock]], [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo Battle Fatigue]] or "[[UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar Operational Exhaustion]]"[[note]]sounds like something that'd happen to your car![[/note]]]]) instead. It was commonly believed in more-prudish Victorian times that too much sun exposure could cause overheating and subsequent brain fever, and that the preventative measure for this was (when going out into the hot sun) to wear plenty of thick wool and felt clothes to protect yourself from the sun's baleful rays. Needless to say, these heavy clothes only contributed to heat-related illnesses.

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A popular plot device in the nineteenth century, but also appearing in earlier works, Brain Fever isn't used much anymore because, well, [[ScienceMarchesOn diseases don't work that way]]. Today, we have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder ([[Creator/GeorgeCarlin formerly called]] [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne Shell Shock]], [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo Battle Fatigue]] or "[[UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar Operational Exhaustion]]"[[note]]sounds like something that'd happen to your car![[/note]]]]) car![[/note]]) instead. It was commonly believed in more-prudish Victorian times that too much sun exposure could cause overheating and subsequent brain fever, and that the preventative measure for this was (when going out into the hot sun) to wear plenty of thick wool and felt clothes to protect yourself from the sun's baleful rays. Needless to say, these heavy clothes only contributed to heat-related illnesses.
15th Apr '17 11:47:21 PM Juicehead_Baby
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A popular plot device in the nineteenth century, but also appearing in earlier works, Brain Fever isn't used much anymore because, well, [[ScienceMarchesOn diseases don't work that way]]. Today, we have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder ([[Creator/GeorgeCarlin formerly called]] [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne Shell Shock]], [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo Battle Fatigue]] or "[[UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar Operational Exhaustion]]"[[note/sounds like something that'd happen to your car!]]) instead. It was commonly believed in more-prudish Victorian times that too much sun exposure could cause overheating and subsequent brain fever, and that the preventative measure for this was (when going out into the hot sun) to wear plenty of thick wool and felt clothes to protect yourself from the sun's baleful rays. Needless to say, these heavy clothes only contributed to heat-related illnesses.

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A popular plot device in the nineteenth century, but also appearing in earlier works, Brain Fever isn't used much anymore because, well, [[ScienceMarchesOn diseases don't work that way]]. Today, we have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder ([[Creator/GeorgeCarlin formerly called]] [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne Shell Shock]], [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo Battle Fatigue]] or "[[UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar Operational Exhaustion]]"[[note/sounds Exhaustion]]"[[note]]sounds like something that'd happen to your car!]]) car![[/note]]]]) instead. It was commonly believed in more-prudish Victorian times that too much sun exposure could cause overheating and subsequent brain fever, and that the preventative measure for this was (when going out into the hot sun) to wear plenty of thick wool and felt clothes to protect yourself from the sun's baleful rays. Needless to say, these heavy clothes only contributed to heat-related illnesses.
15th Apr '17 11:46:56 PM Juicehead_Baby
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A popular plot device in the nineteenth century, but also appearing in earlier works, Brain Fever isn't used much anymore because, well, [[ScienceMarchesOn diseases don't work that way]]. Today, we have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (formerly called Shell Shock or Battle Fatigue) instead. It was commonly believed in more-prudish Victorian times that too much sun exposure could cause overheating and subsequent brain fever, and that the preventative measure for this was (when going out into the hot sun) to wear plenty of thick wool and felt clothes to protect yourself from the sun's baleful rays. Needless to say, these heavy clothes only contributed to heat-related illnesses.

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A popular plot device in the nineteenth century, but also appearing in earlier works, Brain Fever isn't used much anymore because, well, [[ScienceMarchesOn diseases don't work that way]]. Today, we have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (formerly called ([[Creator/GeorgeCarlin formerly called]] [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne Shell Shock or Shock]], [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo Battle Fatigue) Fatigue]] or "[[UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar Operational Exhaustion]]"[[note/sounds like something that'd happen to your car!]]) instead. It was commonly believed in more-prudish Victorian times that too much sun exposure could cause overheating and subsequent brain fever, and that the preventative measure for this was (when going out into the hot sun) to wear plenty of thick wool and felt clothes to protect yourself from the sun's baleful rays. Needless to say, these heavy clothes only contributed to heat-related illnesses.
18th Feb '17 9:19:36 PM calcorday
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* After Oscar's final confrontation with his father in ''Film/Closet Monster'', Oscar wakes up at his mother's house,having been sweating and unconscious for an unspecified length of time.

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* After Oscar's final confrontation with his father in ''Film/Closet Monster'', ''Film/ClosetMonster'', Oscar wakes up at his mother's house,having been sweating and unconscious for an unspecified length of time.
18th Feb '17 9:19:05 PM calcorday
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* After Oscar's final confrontation with his father in "Film/Closet Monster", Oscar wakes up at his mother's house,having been sweating and unconscious for an unspecified length of time.

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* After Oscar's final confrontation with his father in "Film/Closet Monster", ''Film/Closet Monster'', Oscar wakes up at his mother's house,having been sweating and unconscious for an unspecified length of time.
18th Feb '17 9:18:28 PM calcorday
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* After Oscar's final confrontation with his father in "Film/Closet Monster", Oscar wakes up at his mother's house,having been sweating and unconscious for an unspecified length of time.
22nd Sep '16 12:27:53 PM eroock
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* Played completely straight in ''Film/BrandUponTheBrain''. Mind you, Guy Maddin plays straight a lot of tropes that nobody else uses now--or [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs ever]].

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* Played completely straight in ''Film/BrandUponTheBrain''. Mind you, Guy Maddin Creator/GuyMaddin plays straight a lot of tropes that nobody else uses now--or [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs ever]].
30th Jul '16 3:17:50 PM nombretomado
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* On ''{{Daria}},'' the title character is in the hospital for an embarrassing rash, and [[CoolLoser Jane]], trying to [[BadLiar make up an excuse]] for her whereabouts, tells [[DumbBlonde Brittany]] that she has brain fever. ("[[ShapedLikeItself It's a thing that brains get]]," but usually goes away after you read a bestseller.) Ironically the rash turns out to be [[AllergicToLove stress-related]], so it sort of fits this trope itself.

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* On ''{{Daria}},'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}},'' the title character is in the hospital for an embarrassing rash, and [[CoolLoser Jane]], trying to [[BadLiar make up an excuse]] for her whereabouts, tells [[DumbBlonde Brittany]] that she has brain fever. ("[[ShapedLikeItself It's a thing that brains get]]," but usually goes away after you read a bestseller.) Ironically the rash turns out to be [[AllergicToLove stress-related]], so it sort of fits this trope itself.
28th Jul '16 1:39:10 PM Willbyr
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* As mentioned below Live Action TV, this trope hasn't fully disappeared in Asia. A few times in ''FruitsBasket'', Tohru stresses herself out or gets upset and gets sick as a result. It usually plays out as the Sohmas putting her to bed and putting a cold compress over her forehead and her getting better after a good night's rest.

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* As mentioned below Live Action TV, this trope hasn't fully disappeared in Asia. A few times in ''FruitsBasket'', ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', Tohru stresses herself out or gets upset and gets sick as a result. It usually plays out as the Sohmas putting her to bed and putting a cold compress over her forehead and her getting better after a good night's rest.
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