Luigi XIV

Doctors visit the court of Louis XIV in the film “The last days of Louis XIV”

In the last years of its existence Luigi XIV He was afflicted with a severe form of gangrene in the leg left, in turn caused by a pre-existing gotta, common disease among the people of the belonging to a certain rank, heavy consumers of red meat and game.

Rather questionable care development for pain relief that that condition procured the monarch: immerse the injured leg in a tub filled with hot flavored wine, according to a therapeutic use of alcohol and herbs experienced already many centuries ago.

We do not know if the treatment would work as a painkiller, but certainly not cured the illustrious patient.

The Sun King she died the 1 September 1715, shortly before his 77 years, precisely because of the complications due to gout and the consequent gangrene (Photo gives: