Genghis Khan’s death (AD 1227): An unsolvable riddle or simply a pandemic disease?

Wenpeng You, Francesco M Galassi, Elena Varotto, Maciej Henneberg

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Abstract

The article examines Genghis Khan's death from the historico-medical perspective. Although several etiologies have been proposed over the years, most of these at a closer look appear to be later inventions by historians. A reassessment of the available evidence suggests instead bubonic plague as the most likely clinical scenario. Genghis Khan's death is also a reflection on the impact of pandemic diseases on leadership in ancient times as well as nowadays.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-348
Number of pages2
JournalInternational Journal of Infectious Diseases
Volume104
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021

Keywords

  • Plague
  • History of medicine
  • Pandemic
  • Genghis Khan
  • Paleopathology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Military medicine

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