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Scientist Probe Famous Deaths for New Insights

Revisiting history yields haunting insights about what might have been.
A wax figure of President Abraham Lincoln that sold for $9,000 at an auction of the Hall of Presidents Museum which closed in November 2016. With today's medical care, Abraham Lincoln may have survived his gunshot wound, says one trauma specialist.
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For the past 25 years, Philip Mackowiak, a professor (now emeritus) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, in Baltimore, has hosted a conference about solving the mysterious deaths of historical figures. The gatherings have generated some very intriguing diagnoses for people like Joan of Arc, Abraham Lincoln and this year’s selection, Saladin, the first sultan of Egypt. spoke to Mackowiak about his obsession with cold

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