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    The false diagnoses of Alexander the Great

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    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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