Napoleon probably died of stomach cancerBMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7499.1044-h (Published 05 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1044
- Roger Dobson
Theories that Napoleon was betrayed, poisoned, or a victim of inappropriate medical treatment have been undermined by new research based on the emperor's trouser collection. The research has shown that his weight loss in his final year is consistent with a severe progressive illness. It lends credence to the idea that Napoleon died of stomach cancer, which was the cause of death specified in the original autopsy.
Napoleon died in exile on the island of St Helena and almost since the day of his death in 1821 there have been …