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September 5, 2001

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JAMA. 2001;286(9):1008-1009. doi:10.1001/jama.286.9.1008

We cannot know Dr Francesco Antommarchi's (1789?-1838) thoughts as he finally sailed into tiny St Helena on September 10, 1819. The two-month passage from England across the south Atlantic in an aging frigate had been terrible. A squadron of British warships guarding the island may have deepened his baleful mood. On the other hand, perhaps Antommarchi was mostly glad finally to be rid of the two priests who had accompanied him since he had left Rome nine months earlier, an ironic pair of traveling companions for a man of his impious character. Still, on this volcanic prison, he would never be far from them, or from his new patient, Napoleon Bonaparte, the former Emperor of the Republic.