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The Severe Gout of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V (1500-1558)

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  • Terry Foreman
    A little off-topic, but consider the gout in the world of Samuel Pepys http://snipurl.com/ubah Researchers confirm Charles V had gout By STEPHANIE NANO,
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      A little off-topic, but consider the gout in the world of Samuel Pepys

      http://snipurl.com/ubah

      "Researchers confirm Charles V had gout "

      By STEPHANIE NANO, Associated Press Writer Wed Aug 2, 7:08 PM ET

      NEW YORK - A 450-year-old piece of Charles V's pinkie lends support to the theory that it was gout that led one of the most powerful rulers of all time to abdicate, Spanish researchers report.

      Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, whose empire stretched across Europe and included Spanish America, was diagnosed with gout by his doctors in early adulthood. By the end of his reign in 1556, he was a crippled man who could barely walk at times or ride a horse, said Dr. Pedro Luis Fernandez, a pathologist at the University of Barcelona.

      "His physical suffering influenced decisions that affected the future of many countries," Fernandez and his colleagues reported in Thursday's Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, whose empire stretched across Europe and included Spanish America, was diagnosed with gout by his doctors in early adulthood. By the end of his reign in 1556, he was a crippled man who could barely walk at times or ride a horse, said Dr. Pedro Luis Fernandez, a pathologist at the University of Barcelona.

      "His physical suffering influenced decisions that affected the future of many countries," Fernandez and his colleagues reported in Thursday's  New England Journal of Medicine.

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      Terry




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