The Death of Napoleon: the Last Campaign

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Xlibris Corporation, Dec 14, 2007 - Medical - 104 pages
Napoleon Bonaparte died on May 5th, 1821 on the island of St Helena from complications of stomach cancer proven by autopsy. However, when analyses of trace elements on single strands of hair became available in the 1960s, it was found that some samples of his hair contained increased levels of arsenic which lead to claims that he had been deliberately poisoned. This book written by an expert toxiciologist and a surgeon/Napoleon scholar examines the proof for the diagnosis of stomach cancer. Also it reviews the evidence for arsenic poisoning and denounces this as a myth, based upon the absence of all the specific features and many of the cardinal non-specific features of arsenic poisoning, thus confirming that the Emperor died from stomach cancer.

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Dr J Thomas Hindmarsh has an MD from the University of Sheffield, England and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Britain and of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He recently retired as Professor of Pathology and Medical Biochemistry at the University of Ottawa. Dr Hindmarsh is an international authority on arsenic toxicology, has published many papers and several book chapters on the topic, has consulted for the US EPA and other government agencies, and is a member of a UNESCO expert panel. In 1994 he was invited by the Napoleonic Society of America to help resolve the controversy about whether Napoleon was poisoned with arsenic and this book is the consequence of his research. Dr Philip F Corso recently retired as Chief of Plastic Surgery at The Norwalk Hospital, Norwalk, Connecticut. He graduated cum laude from Yale University and Tufts University School of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Plastic Surgeons and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at Yale University. He has pursued a lifelong interest in the history of Napoleon and has authored several papers on the Emperor and the Empress Josephine. He has an extensive collection of Napoleon memorabilia and is a founding member of the Napoleonic Society of America.

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