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March 4, 1933

La critica medica nella storia Alessandro Magno.

JAMA. 1933;100(9):689-690. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740090061037

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The author has attempted to study the biographic data on Alexander the Great from a medical, biologic and psychologic standpoint. He has arrayed an enormous amount of material and produced a book replete with fine photographs of the Alexandrian period, showing statuary and reproductions of many rare busts and masks of the emperor. An attempt is made to explain the psychology of Alexander the Great by taking into consideration his heredity, constitution and racial characteristics. The author assumes that Alexander was certainly a hyperthyroid type. He bases this conclusion on his mental precocity, prominent forehead, prominent, large jaw and evidence of strong will power. In discussing the character of the young man, the author emphasizes his manly interest in the hard physical sports and the stern up-bringing that he received at the hands of his father and under Aristotle. The influence of the Macedonian race, composed of warlike peoples of

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