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unnatural strength

From which he died the Jewish king Herod, and told the writer Anton Chekhov

Posthumous consultation on the disease of the Jewish king Herod, appeared in 1892 in the Christmas issue of the newspaper “New time”. The author of the article was Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, for whom this work was a compromise between the “legal wife” and “mistress”.

“Disgusting disease”

Until his last day, a world-class writer remained primarily a doctor. It is not surprising, therefore, that among his literary works there is an article on the death of Herod – a posthumous consultation, compiled on the basis of written sources about the disease of the king of Judea. Chekhov wrote this note in a difficult financial period, guided by the desire to receive a fee, but the subject of research aroused great interest in the medical writer. Continue reading

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