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To the Editor:
—An editorial writer in the current number of the Annals of Medical History quotes from Déqueret (Histoire du grand roi, 1924) an exceedingly interesting account of an operation for fistula in ano to which the Grand Monarch submitted at the hands of Felix, the leading French surgeon of his day, in the year 1686. The operation was a great success, and Felix's fame was secure; not only that but he was presented by the grateful king with a castle at Moulineaux and given a fee of 40,000 crowns besides. Many of Louis' courtiers desired the same operation that they might share some of the king's distinction. Dionin, next most prominent surgeon, stated that he angered more than thirty members of Louis' court by refusing their request to do this operation when he saw there was no need whatever for it.No Grand Monarch rules today. But fashions
Diller T. LOUIS XIV AND HIS OPERATION FOR FISTULA IN ANO. JAMA. 1926;87(24):2018–2019. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680240062034
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