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April 17, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(16):753-754. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440160035007

Bismarck, who opposed the marriage of Frederick (Crown Prince of Prussia), with the daughter of Queen Victoria (on the ground that she was a scion of the "crazy and scrofulous Guelphs") showed a prophetic insight into the results of those hereditary defects which Dr. E. S. Talbot of Chicago demonstrated to exist in aristocracies and royalties generally.1 The eccentricities of William II. of Germany seem to fully justify Bismarck's objection. The recent performances are curiously like those of King Ludwig of Bavaria antecedent to that suicide and homicide which resulted in a great loss to medical science through the death of the cerebral anatomist Gudden. The socialist newspapers outline the artistic, architectural, sartorial, musical and pugilistic performances of William II. in a style that strikingly resembles the Suetonian sketch in 1884 of Ludwig's performances and which testimony taken in 1886 by the Bavarian Lunacy Commission (Drs. Gudden, Hagen,