Letters A French king’s head

Was it Henri IV’s head?

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d293 (Published 19 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d293
  1. Gino Fornaciari, professor of history of medicine and director1
  1. 1Division of Paleopathology, History of Medicine, and Bioethics University of Pisa, Medical School, 56126 Pisa, Italy
  1. g.fornaciari{at}med.unipi.it

Charlier and colleagues use an international multidisciplinary approach to identify the head of Henri IV.1

However, the evidence for positive identification seems to be meagre, particularly from a medical point of view. Earrings were commonly worn by men in the 16th century. The maxillary bone lesion looks like a cyst, and the nasal …

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