Historical Figures Who Suffered From Diseases or Disorders

By | March 21, 2019

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Experiments using Robert Koch's lymph method being done by Dr Baccelli on a tuberculosis patient at the Santo Spirito hospital, Rome, Italy. Source: (gettyimages.com)

There are numerous diseases and disorders that average people suffer from every day with no respecter of persons. These diseases can come upon anyone at any time, no matter what their social or financial status is or how famous they are. Every day there are newly named diseases that medical doctors and science have come out with.  

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King Herod. Source: (onjewishmatters.com)

Leaders in Ancient Times (B.C.)

Even back in biblical times, leaders were struck with disease or even born with disorders. Such was the case with King Tut who suffered from several genetic diseases. He had a foot malformation, curvature of the spine, and also suffered from malaria. Somewhere between the ages of 17 and 19 is when it is believed that he died (1323 B.C.).

According to recent studies, it is probable that Julius Caesar actually suffered from Transient Ischemic Attacks (or mini-strokes) rather than epilepsy as first thought. His actual death was from stab wounds in 44 B.C.

King Herod, according to Josephus, suffered from numerous diseases and ailments. These included an unusual type of fever, terrible itchy skin, tumors (dropsy), intestinal pain, inflammation in his stomach, convulsions in his legs, and what is known today as Fournier’s Gangrene. It is believed, though, that his death came about from chronic kidney disease in 4 B.C.