Axel Munthe, the doctor of Royal Family doctor and Capri citizens

Axel Munthe (Oskarshamn, 1857- Stockholm, 1949) studied medicine at Uppsala and Paris , where he graduated in 1880.

He practiced both in Rome and Paris and in 1903 became a doctor of the Royal Swedish House, although in his profession he always offered his care to anyone who needed it, poor or rich.

Munthe came to Anacapri after the great Neapolitan outbreak of 1884 and decided to settle in 1887 to practice the medical profession.

Arrived on the island of Capri, Munthe fell in love with the medieval ruins of the small chapel of San Michele.
Here, a large vineyard hid the remains of a Roman villa that, during its reconstruction work, gave several archaeological finds.

In 1908 he was among the foreign volunteers who aided the population after the Messina earthquake. Following this experience he wrote the book Letters from a Painful City (1909), which he also mentions in the St Michael’s History .
After retiring from public life, she lived at Villa San Michele on the island of Capri.

He wrote History of San Michel and when, in the last years of his life, he was forced to return to his native Sweden due to an eye disease.


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Thursday April 16th, 2015