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Title: The Medici syndrome: a medico-historical puzzle
Contributor(s): Albury, William R (author); Weisz, George M (author); Lippi, Donatella (author); Mattuci Cerinic, Marco (author)
Publication Date: 2010
DOI: 10.1111/j.1756-185X.2010.01461.x
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Abstract: The historical significance of the Medici family of Florence is widely recognised, but the diseases which afflicted leading members of this family have only been scientifically studied in recent decades. Paleopathological findings on exhumed skeletons, supplemented by medical descriptions in historical documents, have permitted a retrospective diagnosis of a triple pathological syndrome in the senior branch of the Medici family. Peripheral joint and spinal conditions, with the presence of skin disease, are identified in several generations of the family in the 15th century and are presented as the 'Medici syndrome'. Radiological findings are compared with macro- and microscopical descriptions in the diagnosis of the peripheral joint disease and spinal ankylosis/stenosis within the syndrome.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases, 13(2), p. 125-131
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of Publication: Victoria, Australia
ISSN: 1756-1841
Field of Research (FOR): 220205 History and Philosophy of Medicine
119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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