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Parasites likely to have plagued Louis XIV

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7143.1477h (Published 16 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1477
  1. Alexander Dorozynski
  1. Paris

    It is surprising that Louis XIV survived to the ripe old age of 77 as a recent investigation has shown that he, along with many members of his court, is likely to have been plagued with various parasites.

    Louis XIV, known as the Sun King, came to the throne at the age of 5 and reigned for 72 years, from 1643 to 1715. Paleoparasitologists have …

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