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    [Napoleon]. Barry O'Meara Medical Report Signed "Barry E. O'Meara" as Surgeon. One page of a bifolium, 7.75" x 12.75", Longwood, St. Helena; June 4, 1818. Marked "Bulletin Extraordinair No. 6", and "No. 155", reporting on the ill health of Napoleon Bonaparte while in exile. Reads in part:

    "The patient has been very ill during Wednesday and Thursday nights...when called to see him I found him laboring under a considerable degree of fever, his countenance displaying anxiety and being evidently that of a man who was experiencing severe corporeal sufferings, great increase of pain in the Right side, rending headache, general anxiety and oppression, skin hot and dry, pulse quickened and everything portending a crisis of a serious natures...Being tormented in the afternoon with toothache I was obliged to extract the Dens Sapientiae of the left upper jaw..."

    Barry Edward O'Meara (1786-1836) was an Irish surgeon who became Napoleon's physician at St. Helena, having been surgeon on board the Bellerophon when the emperor surrendered himself. Napoleon was placed in Longwood House in December 1815, and he suffered from the poor conditions and treatment there. The removal of Napoleon's wisdom tooth, as described above, was done in the fall of 1817, and the surgery was supposedly the first medical operation performed on Napoleon during his lifetime.

    Condition: Flattened folds, with light edge toning and soiling.

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