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Axel Munthe and The Story of San Michele

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 02 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:557
  1. George Dunea, attending physician
  1. Cook County Hospital, Chicago, USA

    He loved birds, flowers, and especially dogs, which he thought were easier to understand and to love than men. He travelled widely, from Lapland in his native Sweden to Italy, where he built the villa of San Michele at Anacapri on the ruins of Tiberius's palace. In Naples he witnessed the dying gathered in heaps and thrown into cholera mass graves dead or alive. In Messina he saw people crushed to death during a …

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