How did Saladin, Darwin and Lenin die? And could we have saved them if they were struck by the same ailment today? Historical pathologists meet to find out
Whether it is a mysterious fever or sudden incapacitation – even today, diagnosing quite what has carried someone off can leave doctors scratching their heads.
But every year a group of academics gather to embrace an even tougher challenge: casting a verdict on how and why some of the most famous names in history died.