Advice from the French Emperor

May 26, 1807

Napoleon, in a letter to his brother Jerome:

“I hear you have hemorrhoids. The simplest way to get rid of them is to apply three or four leeches. Since I first employed this remedy, ten years ago, I have been no more troubled.”

I’ll be reminded of this every time I see the proud Corsican on his white stallion now.  I spent a couple of hours last night reading up on Napoleon’s medical conditions and death. I know, interesting, right?  Actually it was fascinating.  And useful.  Now if I just knew where to find some leeches…

Jacques-Louis_David_-_Napoleon_Crossing_the_Alps_-_Kunsthistorisches_Museum
Jacques-Louis David, Napoleon Crossing the Alps
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