How did the Russian Tsars die?

Scholars look at Russian history from a medical perspective

How is the health of a country connected to the health of its people? Until recently, scholars did not begin to research this question. Such archival material remained closed though it is unlikely that the Tsars’ medical records were a guarded state secret. The idea to write a book about the health of Russian monarchs came about spontaneously, said Gennadiy Oshishchenko, the lead author and Russia’s сhief іanitary шnspector, at a presentation commemorating the 125th Anniversary of Russia’s Federal Protective Service. Medical stories about the Tsars were published by Media Press in a 325-page book titled, “Medicine and Russia’s Imperial Authorities.”

Sorrow killed Nikolay I

Historians were interested in studying the death of Nikolay I. He had been the picture of beauty – an athlete standing 190 centimeters tall. The Tsar was almost never ill and boasted a healthy physique. He carefully hid his ailments from everyone. When necessary, he hid in his office on a cot beneath his greatcoat waiting for an illness to subside. He did not smoke or drink wine – even at official ceremonies – and was not a ladies’ man. At the age of 59, he passed away over three weeks during the peak of the Crimean War. READ MORE

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