Nearly 200 years after his death, scientists now reveal what likely caused the demise of Napoleon Bonaparte. The emperor ruled France from the late 1700’s to early 1800’s. After his defeat at the battle of Waterloo in 1815, he was exiled to an island in the South Atlantic Ocean. Six years later, Napoleon died on May 5, 1821 at the age of 52.
His death would remain speculative for years to come. Could modern science help determine his cause of death?
Three theories have persisted for years. Was he poisoned by arsenic? Did he die of gastric (stomach) cancer?…or…Did he die as a result of syphilis?
An autopsy was conducted immediately after his death, providing his physician with a crucial piece of evidence, which led to the conclusion that his death was the result of stomach cancer. The 1821 report described a 10 cm lesion found in his stomach. In…
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