The Visit of the Royal PhysicianBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7413.508-b (Published 28 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:508
- Alex Paton, retired consultant physician
The 16-year-old son of King Frederik V of Denmark succeeded his father as Christian VII in January 1766. He suffered from delusions, was prone to outbursts of violent behaviour, and exhibited repetitive movements under stress, yet spoke three languages and corresponded with Voltaire, who wrote a well known poem in his honour.
Per Olov Enquist, trans Tiina Nunnally
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