Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Maximillian II

  • The monarch, the musician, and the medic

    Jesús Ramírez-Bermúdez Translated by Ilana Dann Luna Mexico City, Mexico   The Monarch, The Musician and the Medic, Jose Agustin Ramirez Bermudez. Location: Jesus Ramirez Bermudez Private Collection The history of medicine bestows us with unexpected episodes, such as the character of “The Swan King,” whose platonic love for a disgraced musician sparked the artistic transformation…

  • The Emperor Maximilian II and his physicians

    Maximilian II (1527–1576) of the House of Habsburg was Holy Roman Emperor as well as king of Bohemia, Croatia, and Hungary. The Emperor . . . had long suffered from gout, from heart attacks, from bouts of “kidney colic,” [and] quite possibly syphilis, that had been sweeping across Europe since the turn of the 16th century.…