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Famous and Infamous Patients 2
"The long-awaited sequel! How does the health of the famous and infamous ultimately affect us and our history? We can only speculate."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
Mary Tudor, Bloody Mary or Queen Mary I of England died childless despite having symptoms suggestive of pregnancy on more than one occasion. Because of this and other telling signs and symptoms, it has been suggested that Mary suffered from a tumour of which hormone-secreting gland?
Like Mary I, her husband Phillip II of Spain was a devout Catholic. Phillip had a very painful and debilitating medical condition which he regarded as punishment from God for not being diligent enough to eradicate "the protestant heresy". His disorder was caused by excessive amounts of uric acid in the blood and it eventually crippled him. What was this disorder?
In 1768 Marie Antoinette was betrothed to Louis XVI. They were 13 and 14 years old respectively. The marriage could not take place until after her first menstrual period so they were eventually married in May 1770. The marriage remained unconsummated for seven years because Louis suffered from a medical condition which made it impossible for him to do so. Which medical condition did he have?
Phimosis (inability to retract the foreskin)
It must have been difficult for doctors to treat royal patients, knowing the dire consequences of failure, for the nation as well as themselves and the patient. What did blind King John of Bohemia (1296-1346) do to his surgeons when they failed to restore his eyesight?
He had them publicly flogged
He stripped them of all their assets including their medical instruments
He had them hung, drawn and quartered
He had them drowned in the Danube
Jane Austen's literary reputation is based on only six works of fiction but her books have never been out of print. Her limited productivity was due to ill-health and she died at the age of 42. Which hormonal disorder killed Jane Austen?
It is commonly believed that Oscar Wilde died of syphilis. Whether he had syphilis is debatable - there is evidence for and against. However, his immediate cause of death was from an infection of which organ?
Mary Mallon, or Typhoid Mary, was responsible for several epidemics of typhoid in New York in the early 1900's. Mary died in 1938, but not of typhoid. What did she die of?
King George V ruled England from 1910 until his death in 1936, through turbulent times, World War I and the Great Depression. The public was led to believe he had passed away peacefully. How did he really die?
Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Isaac Newton and Winston Churchill all allegedly suffered from which central nervous system disorder?
Attention Deficit Disorder
Ex-US president, Ronald Reagan, was a Republican who was firmly opposed to communism. His policies have been credited as being a significant factor in the demise of Soviet communism. Ronald Reagan suffered from which degenerative brain disease?
Lou Gehrig's (motor neurone) disease
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Compiled Jun 28 12