Letter 2977

Johann Georg Steigertahl to Hans Sloane – November 10, 1723

Item info

Date: November 10, 1723
Author: Johann Georg Steigertahl
Recipient: Hans Sloane

Library: British Library, London
Manuscript: Sloane MS 4047
Folio: ff. 84-85

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George I is going hunting with the Frederick William I, King of Prussia, who is visiting in the afternoon. J.H. Kaempfer, nephew of the late Engelbert Kaempfer, is willing to sell his uncle’s curiosities to Sloane, except for one particular item, for ‘100 livres sterling’. Steigertahl requests that Sloane send him the ‘lettre du change’ to pay for the collection. Johann Georg Steigertahl (1666-1740) was the personal physician to George I of England. He was a member of the Royal Society and secured the purchase of Engelbert Kaempfer’s collection of East Asian curiosities for Sir Hans Sloane in 1723 (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Georg_Steigerthal).

Patient Details

  • Patient info
    Name: N/A George I of Great Britain
  • Description

    The King has recovered from a back injury. Steigertahl attributes the King's problems to the fact that he was not bled after he fainted at Charlottenburg. The King was unconscious for '3 ou 4 minutes' and Steigertahl believes the excess blood has led to 'les hemorroides'. The King has suffered from sciatica for the previous 4 years. There is blood in His urine, suggesting he has nephritis ('la Nephritique'). For more on the King's fainting, see: Sloane MS 4047, fols. 75-76.

  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment
    Previous Treatment:

    The King was bled 'du pied a 10 onces' and purged with ordinary pills.

    Ongoing Treatment:

    Steigertahl is going to suggest the King refrain from hunting so vigorously.

  • More information
  • Medical problem reference
    Blood, Haemorrhoids, Injuries (includes wounds, sores, bruises), Urinary, Sciatica, Pain, Kidney, Back