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April 15, 1998

The 16th-Century Observations of Pieter Pauw: Balancing Humors and Councils

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;279(15):1173-1174. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-15-jbk0415

To the Editor.—The article by Dr Kivelä and colleagues1 on Pieter Pauw's postmortem examination of a suprasellar cyst was most intriguing from both medical and medical-historical standpoints. The historical discussion of the Dutch Revolt, however, was somewhat peculiar. Just as Pauw was mistaken in his view that the kidneys were the cause of Zusius' daughter's problem, the authors are mistaken that "the 7 northern provinces united in the Council of Trent in 1579."