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Old 06-26-2017, 02:31 PM
griffin1977 griffin1977 is offline
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Originally Posted by scr4 View Post
The story of the royal fistula seems relevant. To summarize: King Louis XIV (1638-1715) suffered from an anal fistula. Charles-François Felix, a barber-surgeon, was tasked to perform an operation. He asked for 6 months to prepare, during which time he experimented on 75 prisoners and peasants (many of whom didn't survive), then successfully treated the King. "The king was sitting up in bed within a month and was back on his horse within three months."
That's actually the example that prompted the OP. Actually it was a discussed on QI and how following the operation having anal fistula was very de rigueur among the french aristocracy!

There obviously some cases where even fairly invasive surgery could be completed successfully (though presumably the king's survival was probably the result of good luck and a good immune system.)

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