Research Subjects: Napoleon Himself

Comments on the Death of Napoleon

By Ben Weider, CM, PhD

John F. Davis, MD., wrote two reports entitled Comments on the Death of Napoleon and More About Napoleon's Medical Status.

All of the information that he supplied is correct and verified by primary sources dealing with Napoleon's health. There is only one point which I wish to correct.

He mentions in the report entitled More About Napoleon's Medical Status that "as for the hairlessness, that is probably related to a different genetic link entirely."

I would like to let Dr. John F. Davis and the readers of this report know that losing body hair is an absolute irrevocable symptom of arsenic intoxication.

Arsenic intoxication will also make the hair on the head very fine and very silky. Napoleon's hair showed this characteristic.

I would also like to comment on Michael Kehler, MD's article entitled Comments on the Death of Napoleon.

I am certain that Dr. Kehler made his comments without all of the facts. I am equally certain that he did not read my book entitled The Assassination at St. Helena Revisited, otherwise he would not have made these comments.

Eyewitnesses described over 30 typical symptoms of arsenical intoxication, the Harwell Nuclear Research Laboratory, in London, England, and the FBI, in Washington, confirmed the following and I quote "The amount of arsenic present in the submitted hairs is consistent with arsenic poisoning."

It is a fact that doctors, during Napoleon's days, as doctors today, could be confused about Napoleon's death if only 2 or 3 symptoms are taken separately. It could give them the impression that Napoleon was suffering from scurvy, hepatitis, etc.

However, once all of the symptoms are gathered together, they are identical to a list of symptoms that can be found in any modern book on toxicology, where arsenic intoxication is described.

Doctors today, without having all of the facts, are reacting in the same manner as the doctors did during the autopsy of Napoleon. The Marquis de Montchenu, who was representing France while he was on St. Helena, read all of the medical reports and he came to the following conclusion, and I quote: "Of the 5 doctors present, not one knew the real cause of Napoleon's death."

Dr. Michael Kehler refers to Sten Forshufvud's book, which was published over 25 years ago. He could refer to the book that was published not so long ago entitled The Assassination at St. Helena Revisited, which has a tremendous amount of additional information.

I am certain that Dr. Kehler is an honorable man but he certainly did not do his homework before making the statements in the said article. I would like to give him some advice with the following quote:


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