The Medical Lives of History`s Famous People

The Habsburg Jaw

Author(s): William James Maloney

Pp: 145-147 (3)

DOI: 10.2174/9781608059362114010027

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The Habsburg jaw refers to the dominantly inherited trait which was present and clearly evident in the Habsburg family. This condition manifests itself as mandibular prognathism, jutting of the jaw and drooping of the lower lip. Charles II was the last Habsburg ruler of Spain. Charles II was physically and mentally disabled and died having produced no offspring. His death was followed by a chaotic period in which various factions struggled for political power.

Keywords: Abdominal pain, asthma, convulsions, diarrhea, drooping of lower lip, edema, genetics, Habsburg jaw, hallucinations, impotence, inbreeding, infertility, intermarriages, jutting of jaw.

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