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Genitourin Med. 1991 Dec;67(6):498-502.

Did Catherine the Great of Russia have syphilis?

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University of Sheffield, UK.

Abstract

Catherine the Great (1729-96) ruled Russia for the last 34 years of her life. She pursued many reforms with energy, intelligence and political shrewdness. Not least amongst her activities was a serious interest in matters of public health which extended to personal involvement in the care of the venereally infected. This paper suggests that perhaps her zeal in this last was based on more than social awareness.

PMID:
1774056
PMCID:
PMC1194776
DOI:
10.1136/sti.67.6.498
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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