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The false diagnoses of Alexander the Great

Alexander’s death is a big mystery. It is said that he was alive a week after his death which is the reason his body did not decompose.

* It was easy becoming a god in ancient Greece

* Sometimes all you needed was a royal background

* and a little error of judgment by the royal physician

* This is exactly what happened in Alexander the Great’s case

* who was alive nearly a week following his ‘death’

* according to a new theory

* Alexander’s body didn’t decompose for six days

* after he was declared dead by the doctors

* The mystery has kept historians and scientists guessing for millennia

* But Dr Katherine Hall of New Zealand’s University of Otago

* says it was “most famous case of pseudothanatos ever recorded”

* Pseudothanatos means ‘false diagnosis of death’

* Yes! Alexander was alive and actually suffering from

* a rare autoimmune disorder known as Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS)

* Hall believes that that Alexander’s body didn’t decompose

* when he was supposedly dead

* because he was still mentally competent

* Since doctors didn’t know in 4th century BC as much as they do now,

* the best explanation they could come up with was that

* the greatest conqueror of all time was actually some deity

* But then, when you’ve conquered everything between Greece and Punjab,

* the fault is not entirely physician’s, is it?



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