The clinical enigma of the “Flea catcher” by Georges de La Tour: a pregnant sinner with pre-eclampsia or a hypothyroid girl?

  • F. TrimarchiEmail author
  • E. Martino
  • L. Bartalena
Endocrinology and Art


Georges de la Tour Hypothyroidism Myxedema 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Accademia Peloritana dei Pericolanti at the University of MessinaMessinaItaly
  2. 2.University of PisaPisaItaly
  3. 3.Endocrine Unit, Department of Medicine and SurgeryUniversity of InsubriaVareseItaly

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