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Giacomo Casanova claimed to have had sex with so many women his name became shorthand for promiscuity.
But he may have been lying, scientists say, because they can find no proof he ever had gonorrhoea.
Adventurer - Memoirs - Infection
The Italian adventurer wrote in his memoirs about his ongoing suffering with the sexually transmitted infection.
And researchers said if he had slept with 122 women, as he claimed, he would have been very likely to have caught it.
Bacteria - Pages - Memoir - Traces - STI
When they tested for bacteria in the handwritten pages of his memoir, however, they could find no traces of the STI.
Scientists from The Polytechnic University of Milan in Italy tried to separate proteins based on their weight using a technique called electrophoresis, which involves passing a small electrical current through a specialist gel.
Chemical - Tests - Pier - Giorgio - Righetti
Chemical tests conducted by Pier Giorgio Righetti, a global leader in this field, and his team looked for races of gonorrhoea bacteria on the pages of Casanova's original manuscript.
But they could find no evidence of the disease, only the medication he may have used to treat it, The Times reports.
Casanova - Illness - Times
Venice-born Casanova, who lived in the 1700s, said he had suffered with the illness at least four times.
Gleb Zilberstein has examined the claims some 230 years after the...
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