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April 21, 1888

A Faster of the 16th Century.

JAMA. 1888;X(16):495. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400420019006

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—A recent number of the Archives de Neurologie publishes a report of Bucoldianus and others on a wonderful fasting girl whom the Emperor Ferdinand visited in 1542. This girl, 12 years of age, took neither food nor drink for a year, the report says, and learned men were at their wits' ends to account for the marvelous fast. In Hufeland's "Makrobiotik" is an account from the Historie de l'Académie Française, of 1769, of a case in which an insane officer took no food for 46 days. He drank only water with a few drops of brandy in it, and during the last 8 days no water. After the 36th day he was unable to stand. On the 46th day he saw a child with a piece of buttered bread, when he began to eat, and soon recovered.

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