Saturday, April 22, 2017

A Heart the Size of a Peppercorn

When Charles II of Spain died in Madrid on 1 November 1700, five days before his 39th birthday, the autopsy stated that his body “did not contain a single drop of blood; his heart was the size of a peppercorn; his lungs corroded; his intestines rotten and gangrenous; he had a single testicle, black as coal, and his head was full of water.”

American historians Will and Ariel Durant described Charles II as "short, lame, epileptic, senile, and completely bald before 35, he was always on the verge of death, but repeatedly baffled Christendom by continuing to live."

The cause of his illness?  The same as strikes so many dogs, thank to the inbred  thinking of their breeders.

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