Historical Clinicopathological Conference 1996 : Alexander the Great
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DescriptionThe death of Alexander the Great was the subject of this 2nd annual conference. Included are a medical history, symptoms of the illness that took his life, a differential diagnosis, and the proposed cause of death. Dr. Oldach’s diagnosis is infection by “Salmonella typhi, complicated by bowel perforation and ascending paralysis”. An Historical Discussion by Eugene N. Borza, Ph.D., an expert on the ancient kingdom of Macedonia, appears at the end of the text.
Presenter's Diagnosis (Dr. David W. Oldach): Arsenic intoxication. Alterative Diagnosis: Typhoid fever-induced Guillain-Barre syndrome.
CitationOldach, D.W., Richard, R.E., Borza, E.N., & Benitez, R.M. (1998). A Mysterious Death. New England Journal of Medicine, 338(24), 1764-1769
SponsorsUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore. School of Medicine
VA Maryland Health Care System (U.S.)
University of Maryland, Baltimore. School of Medicine. Medical Alumni Association
Kramer, Morton D., M.D.
KeywordAlexander, the Great, 356 B.C.-323 B.C.--Death and burial
Cause of Death
Identifier to cite or link to this itemhttp://hdl.handle.net/10713/6826