Skip to comments.Report: Malaria, Not Murder, Killed Medicis
Posted on 03/11/2005 11:37:11 AM PST by blam
Report: Malaria, not murder, killed Medicis
BY BRYN NELSON
March 9, 2005
Two brothers in the Medici dynasty of Renaissance Italy likely were not the long-rumored victims of murder, a new analysis of their centuries-old bones has concluded.
Despite the tremendous wealth and power of the Florence-based family, one that produced popes and intellectuals, commissioned art by Michelangelo and protected Galileo from persecution, the two teenagers and their mother instead may have succumbed to a disease that killed without regard to fame or fortune: malaria.
"We found no signs of violence at all, none at all," said Long Island University archaeologist and mummy expert Bob Brier to a crowd of about 200 gathered for his public presentation Tuesday at the C.W. Post Campus in Brookville.
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Wait a minute, it was a made man named Johnnie No Nose Malaria.
Is there an un-written rule that the skeleton must bear signs of any violent death?
Slain during a hunting trip? Did he sneak up and slit his brother's throat?
Run through with his sword? At about naval height? But perhaps off to the right a bit?
Edged weapons can easily kill without contacting bone. Sure, this new theory could be right, and the culprit may have been malaria. But examining the bones cannot offer any proof.
Not very convincing. If they'd been Venice-based, perhaps, but in Florence? I thought poison was the preferred method in those times.
Lead poisoning? Lead interferes with calcium metabolism.
That does sound reasonable; one reason for Leonardo's plan to reroute the Arno river (the plan failed due to faulty bidding, leading to an idiot brother in law of some politician getting a crucial subcontract) was to drain swampland; the malaria problem wasn't solved until the 19th century if memory serves.
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They found the mosquito's confession.
In a small hospital in Appalichacola, Florida, a doctor noticed that when relatives of malaria victims hung wet sheets around the bed, for cooling, the patients suffered less and in some cases appeared to get better. That doctor went home and invented modern refigeration and made the first man made ice.
"Florida would not be what it is today without air conditioning. Dr. John Gorrie is considered the father of air conditioning and refrigeration. He was also a physician, scientist, inventor, and humanitarian. Gorrie represents Florida with his statue placed in the National Statuary Hall in Washington D. C."
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Doesn't necessarily rule out poison, and every royal court at that time had poison experts.
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