Mona Lisa's mystery wants to solve an American doctor. According to him, the woman with the most famous smile in the world should have suffered from an underactive thyroid, a so-called hypothyroidism. The doctor is called Mandeep R. Mehra wants to acknowledge the symptoms of the painting of Leonardo da Vinci. " It is the charm of this imperfection of this disease that gives this masterpiece its mysterious reality and its appeal ," writes Mehra, medical head of the heart and vascular center in Birgham.
But No Heart Disease
Mehra and his colleague investigated the potential medical symptoms of Lisa Gherardini, more famous as the woman with the mysterious smile of Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa". It's not the first time the lady claims to have a disease. In 2004, doctors assumed that the woman's skin and swollen hands in the portrait pointed to a heart disease. Her famous smile is said to be the result of a one-sided facial lame. Mehra believes that hypothyroidism would be a better diagnosis. Since Lisa Gherardini was 63 years old. In the 1
Goiter and Thin Hair
But how did Mehra come to his diagnosis? The thin hair, the yellowish skin color and a possible goiter are visible signs of hypothyroidism. The diagnosis would fit into age. In the Renaissance, the Italians lacked enough iodine in the diet, resulting in a goiter, then a swollen thyroid gland. This symptom is often depicted in Italian paintings and sculptures from this period. The American doctor also explains that Mona Lisa was born just before the model was set. This would indicate the possibility of thyroid inflammation after pregnancy.