Medicine: Princess' Goitre

During the summer of 1933 a frantic debility manifested itself in Her Royal Highness Princess Mary, Countess of Harewood, only daughter of King George and Queen Mary. Physicians noted a toxemia which they believed due to a focal infection in her appendix. Sir Frederick Stanley Hewett, Surgeon Apothecary to the King, had a complete surgical unit set up in Princess Mary's Mayfair home, and there the following November her appendix was removed. One of the consultants in the case was Dr. Louis Francis Reobuck Knuthsen, a West Indian who achieved eminence as a...

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