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By Philip A. Mackowiak

May possibly Lincoln have lived? After John Wilkes sales space fired a low-velocity .44 quality bullet into the again of the president's cranium, Lincoln didn't perish instantly. Attending medical professionals wiped clean and probed the wound, and really enhanced his respiring for a time. at the present time scientific trauma groups aid comparable sufferers survive-including Gabby Giffords, whose harm used to be strikingly like Lincoln's. In Diagnosing Giants, Dr. Philip A. Mackowiak examines the historic list intimately, reconstructing Lincoln's final hours second through second to calculate the chances. That leads him to extra questions: What if he had lived? what kind of neurological functionality may he have had? what sort of a Constitutional quandary might have ensued?

Dr. Mackowiak, a professor on the collage of Maryland college of drugs, deals a gripping and authoritative account of 13 sufferers who took heart degree in international heritage. the result's a brand new figuring out of ways the previous opened up, in addition to a sweeping survey of the heritage of drugs. What used to be the sickness that drove Caligula mad? Why did Stonewall Jackson die after having an arm amputated, while such a lot of different Civil warfare infantrymen survived such operations? As with Lincoln, the writer explores the complete contest of his topics' lives and the effect of every case at the process heritage, from Tutankhamen, Buddha, and John Paul Jones to Darwin, Lenin, and Eleanor Roosevelt.

When an writer illuminates the earlier with state of the art clinical wisdom, readers watch out. Candice Millard's future of the Republic, concerning the scientific malpractice that killed President James A. Garfield, used to be a brand new York instances bestseller. And Dr. Mackowiak's past publication, autopsy: fixing History's maximum clinical Mysteries, received the eye of periodicals as assorted because the Wall highway magazine and New England magazine of drugs, which pleaded for a sequel. With Diagnosing Giants, he has written one with impeccable services and panache.

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He had curly blue-black hair with a snow-white tuft in the middle of his brow, a broad smooth forehead, and a prominent lump jutting out of the front of his skull. His eyes were black, his teeth perfectly white and 40 in number. His chest and shoulders were broad and his skin soft and golden. His arms reached to his knees when he stood erect. His fingers and toes were long and webbed, his nails rounded. He had a powerful gait with a tendency to veer to the right when he walked (4). On looking backwards, he would turn his whole body “as an elephant does” (5).

Popular suspicion implicated Tiberius in Germanicus’ death. Agrippina, harboring similar thoughts, made no secret of her hatred of the emperor. She aroused Tiberius’ enmity further by obsessively promoting the interests of her children (11) to a public devoted to her as decus patriae, solum Augusti sanguine, unicum antiquitalis specimen (“the glory of Little Boots 33 her country, the last of Augustus’ line, an unmatched example of ancient virtues”) (12). Sensing conspiracy, Tiberius retaliated through Sejanus, his commander of the Praetorian Guard, with a program of unrelenting harassment that culminated in Agrippina’s death (by starvation), as well as the deaths of two of her sons, one by apparent suicide and the other by starvation.

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