Lege Artis Medicinae

[From victim to key witness]

KISS László

JUNE 29, 1994

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1994;4(06)

[János Arany's immortal lines hold the key to the mystery of a historical detective story set in 1457. In Prague, after a short illness, the 17-year-old (Habsburg) László, the first of the Czechs and the fifth king of the Hungarians, closed his eyes for ever.]

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