Axel Munthe

Address: Kungsgatan 6, 572 30 Oskarshamn Show map

Address: Kungsgatan 6, 572 30 Oskarshamn

Axel Munthe was born i Oskarshamn and was the general practitioner to August Strindberg and Queen Victoria of Sweden, among others.

Munthe studied medicine at the University of Uppsala (1874-80) and in France at Montpellier, Paris (1880), becoming the youngest M.D. created at Montpellier. While living in Paris, Munthe met his first wife, Ultima Hornberg, the daughter of a chemist; they divorced in 1888 and Munthe left Paris. In 1907 Munthe married Hilda Pennington-Mellor; they had two sons.
During the 1880's, Axel built his villa, San Michele, on the island of Capri. Munthe's childhood home, which was also his father's pharmacy, is located on Kråkerumsbacken.
During World War I Munthe worked at English hospitals, and lived then in Rome, London and Capri. In 1942 he returned to Sweden and spent his remaining years as a guest at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. Munthe died on February 11, 1949. In his last will and testament he donated the villa of San Michele to the state of Sweden.
Today the building is home to a cultural café, Orchidea, and a paint shop, and parts of the building are still original. The house also has a memorial plaque commemorating Axel Munthe.

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