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September 28, 1929


JAMA. 1929;93(13):1004-1005. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710130044024

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The Diseases of Illustrious Persons  Dr. Caplescu Poenaru, lecturer in the University of Bucharest, recently gave an address at the Bucharest Ateneul Roman on the diseases of illustrious persons. He said that syphilis and alcoholism predominate among the acquired and inherited diseases of notable persons. He started the list of illustrious persons with Jesus, the greatest benefactor of humanity. He mentioned that Binet Snangle in his three volume work "La folie de Jesus" attempted to show that Jesus was a maniac, that he was tormented by visions, that he did not do wonders and perhaps only hypnotized the hysterical and other persons who appealed to him; that he was an agitating prophet, and that he did not die on the cross but was buried alive and thus could escape from his tomb. Papini's work "Life of Christ" considers Jesus as a great humanist and as the precursor of Rousseau and

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