Syphilitic mummy found under Swiss church is Boris Johnson relative
Jan 26, 2018, 02:21
The identity of the woman, buried in 1787 under the Barfüsser church in Basel, has always been a mystery, the Basler Zeitung reported.
Now, after two years of archival and DNA investigation by a team of researchers, she not only has a name - as it turns out, she's also got a rather recognizable great-great-great-great-great-great-grandson.
While there was no gravestone to identify her, and her coffin was unmarked, she was buried in front of the altar, which is a symbol of great importance, and was wearing good quality clothes. It was the mercury that was likely responsible for her death in 1787 at the age of 68 - and responsible, as well, for her body's uncommon preservation in the 230 years since.
Her body was most recently uncovered in 1975 in Basel's Barfusser Church, where historically wealthy people were buried.
Anna Bischoff is believed to have died of mercury poisoning, a common treatment for syphilis in her time.
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She had contracted syphilis, probably from treating sufferers of the disease.
After the death of her husband, she returned to her home town of Basel, and apparently underwent rigorous mercury treatment in the hope of a cure.
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