Top 10 Famous HISTORIC FIGURES Who Suffered Horrifying DISEASES

hello I'm Simon Whistler you're watching top 10s and in the video today we're looking at the top 10 famous historic figures who suffered horrifying diseases sometimes history is gross really gross especially where diseases are concerned we've all heard of the nasty stuff that the past could serve up for our ancestors or we might not know is just how many famous historic figures got walloped with these awful diseases from the utterly weird to the utterly terrifying to the simply disgusting it turns out being famous in the olden times was nothing more than one long string of disgusting incidents number 10 Edgar Allan Poe died of rabies the death of Edgar Allan Poe in 18-49 has long been a freaky source of mystery after vanishing for nearly a week after leaving his home in Richmond Virginia the poet finally turns up lying in a gutter in Baltimore wearing someone else's clothes and nearly incoherent pothan spent four days suffering extreme hallucinations before spiraling into a madness and dying at the time the cause of his death and the circumstances surrounding it were considered a total mystery we still don't know if absolute certain what killed him as that would require DNA testing but in 1996 dr. R Michael benetiz was participating in a conference where medical practitioners were given an anonymous patient and a list of symptoms and asked to diagnose them unbeknownst to him Benitez was given Poe the specialist doctor took one look at the anonymous patients file and declared it a clear case of rabies in the 19th century rabies was extremely common it now seems likely the Poe was bitten by a rabid animal and succumbed to the horrifying disease before he could tell anyone while the theory isn't 100% watertight Poe showed no signs of hydrophobia which is a common symptom of rabies it may well be the closest we ever get to solving this absolu ghoulish mystery number 9 Beethoven was born with syphilis one of our favorite pieces of trivia is that Beethoven the legendary composer who wrote some of the best music in history was deaf from the mid 1790s he was affected by a buzzing noise in his ears by the age of 30 he was losing his hearing badly many of his greatest works were written after that time one tidbit often gets left out of this story though a few years ago the University of Ellen's annual historical clinical pathology conference decided to look at what might have caused Beethoven's deafness although the passage of time has made it impossible to say for certain they did come up with one candidate they thought extremely likely and that syphilis one symptom of syphilis can be deafness and syphilis was common back in Beethoven's time it's thought that his father had it which may go some way toward explaining how Beethoven got infected like HIV syphilis can be passed from mother to child in the womb if Beethoven's dad had infected his mum it's almost certain that that's where the composer's ear destroying STI came from number eight Tutankhamun looks like an inbred yokel scientists have produced images of King Tutankhamun showing mediatic clubfoot and a hangover on his teeth today it's widely known that inbreeding is a bad idea aside from being totally gross getting jiggy with your sister can result in a child suffering truly awful disabilities in ancient Egypt though they hadn't quite figured that out yet Royals thought inbreeding would help keep their line cure instead they resulted in Pharaohs who looks like inbred yokels one of whom was the legendary Tutankhamun King turret came from a long line of inbreds and boy did it show in the words of the Wall Street Journal King Tut had anterior in sizes and an overbite buck teeth the cleft palate curvature of the spine a clubfoot and a grossly elongated head he also had feminine breasts and hips as did several of his male predecessors almost certainly there were other undetected defects of vital Organists in other words this ancient king looks less like some great and powerful ruler and more like the sort of guy you might see looking for work as an extra in the remake of deliverance number 7 Samuel Johnson probably had Tourette's syndrome Samuel Johnson was one of the wittiest writers of his time a cause vulgar beast of a man he pulled around with guys like Jonathan Swift while redefining what the English language was capable of he was also pretty odd contemporary accounts report that he liked to make weird ass noises while sitting in polite company and had a compulsive habit of rubbing his knee while talking on the streets II was prone to gesticulating wildly at nothing do the symptoms sound familiar well they might to you although dr. Johnson's tics caused hilarity at the time modern doctors have posthumously nosed him with Tourette syndrome while the most common depiction is of people shouting our swear words plenty of sufferers are simply stuck making nervous twitches and involuntary noises dr. Johnson was evidently one such sufferer he used to cluck like a hen shake his head wildly and whistle uncontrollably it got so bad that gangs of children would follow him down the streets pointing and laughing number six H P Lovecraft's weird coal diversion hora maestro HP Lovecraft was one peculiar dude for one thing he was a lifelong anti-semite ooh absent mindedly managed to marry a Jewish woman for another he was obsessed with the dangers of interbreeding in a way that went beyond bog-standard racism and into a pathological fear perhaps the weirdest of all might be a strange aversion to the cold if the temperature ever drops too low Lovecraft was apt to collapse into a dead faint from which he couldn't be woken until he warmed up again interestingly we still have no idea what caused this it seemed to come on in the writers adulthood and wasn't triggered by any one thing some have linked it to his frequent migraines while others have suggested it was psychological Lovecraft himself seemed to think that it was the cancer that eventually killed him that caused the problem at any rate it made him develop an extreme paranoia about the coals a paranoia that filtered through into some of his stories like the gruesome couleur number five Darwin's whole life was one big puke athon about a year after his long voyage on the Beagle Charles Darwin developed a bizarre condition that would haunt him for the rest of his life about three hours after eating he would get extreme abdominal pains followed by hideous nausea moments later he would expel everything in a great big vomit athon that left him utterly exhausted at some points in his life the condition was so bad that he was basically rendered an invalid the freakiest part of all though is that we still don't know what caused it although all Darwin's friends thought he was a hypochondriac modern doctors have subsequently diagnosed him with cyclical vomiting syndrome or CBS the problem is we're still not really sure what causes this although he could get an accurate diagnosis if he was alive today even in 2017 it's unlikely that his doctors would be able to do anything to help people speculate that it may have been related to his time at sea but no one really knows for sure number four Julius Caesar had endless strokes you may have heard before the Julius Caesar had epilepsy certainly that's what people have thought centuries when you take into account his symptoms such as collapsing into fits it definitely sounds plausible but a recent study from 2015 has another idea according to the authors there's a good chance Caesar suffered a catastrophic series of mini-strokes the technical name for these is a series of transient ischemic attacks but it amounts to the same thing rather than suffering the same illness as people like Graham Greene and Ian Curtis the ruler of Rome may have had a series of debilitating strokes if that's the case its bouts lucky for Caesars posterity but he got assassinated when he did a proper stroke could have left him utterly incapacitated and at the mercy of his enemies they far worse fates than the quick brutal stabbing that ultimately felled him number three Lennon's brain was turning to stone when he finally died the infamous revolutionary Vladimir Lenin was only 53 years old his death came on the tail end of a series of strokes and shortly after he was placed into Stalin's personal cap at the time nobody knew what the heck was wrong with him first Russian doctors suspected mental exhaustion then led poisoning but finally they just rolled with syphilis on the basis that seemingly everybody in the olden days had the dreaded French disease it wasn't until they performs an autopsy on the dead communists that they uncovered the horrifying truth Lenin's brain had slowly been turning to stone the technical name for this condition was cerebrovascular atherosclerosis and it's as creepy as hell basically calcium deposits build up in the cerebral arteries to the point that they become nearly solid when the morticians tapped the affected areas with tweezers they made a sound like stone creepily this wasn't a case of 1920s man running up against something he didn't understand and being helpless in the face of it even today someone with Lennon's condition would be unlikely to live much longer than he did number two Akhenaten probably suffered a hormone disorder the Egyptian pharaoh akhenaten likely came from the same line that produced the yokel like Tutankhamun with that in mind you'd probably expect to find that he had some weird stuff going on and you would be absolutely right our carton and suffered the same elongated head as his more famous descendants but our Connaughton had also some strange gripes that were all his own in 2009 professor of Dermatology and an expert on visual diagnosis at the yale universe school of medicine when Braverman came up with his own theory Akhenaten was probably suffering a hormone disorder that made his male body look like it belonged to a woman in ancient drawings our Connaughton is often depicted as having wide heads a narrow waist and feminine breasts yes we know for sure that the ancient ruler was male it sounds like someone made a mistake until you realize that the extreme inbreeding could have left him with a hormone imbalance specifically this was the overproduction of an enzyme called aromatase that could have caused his body to be flooded with estrogen from an early age this would explain how a guy who was meant to be male could wind up looking so spectacularly female in ancient engravings however since we are yet to find his mummy we can't say for certain that this is the case number one King Herod had some of the nastiest ailments in history Herod the Great was an overachieving king who among other things built the largest artificial Harbor in the Mediterranean today though he's mainly remembered for ordering the slaughter of the innocents in an attempt to kill baby Jesus something many now think never actually happens apparently though God did not get the memo when it came time to shove Herod off this mortal coil he did it in the nastiest way possible according to the ancient writer Flavius Josephus who lived about a hundred years after Herod died the King had a fever though not a raging fever an intolerable itching of the whole skin continuous pains in the intestines tumors of the feet as in dropsy inflammation of the abdomen and gangrene of the privy parts he also suffered convulsions of the limbs and had foul fetid breath that could strip paint but the real awful bit was contained in those last five words gangrene of the privy parts Herod's junk was so awash with bacteria that it literally began dying while it was still attached to him today we know this as fournier's gangrene and it's basically one of the most painful disgusting ways you can possibly die except this isn't actually what killed Herod is just likely a final and extremely painful complication in fact it's now thought that chronic kidney disease did the biblical King in and that may be so but it's the image of his decaying Wang falling apart as his flesh is eaten away that's really going to stick with us so I really hope you found my video interesting if you did please do hit that thumbs up button below and don't forget to subscribe if you haven't already for brand new videos just like this every day of the week also over there on the right a couple of other videos that you might enjoy if you enjoyed this one and thank you for watching


  1. A girl i work with has cyclical vomit syndrome. She was in the hospital for 2 weeks before they could figure out what it was. They put her on a VERY limited diet and she still steuggles to hold that stuff down. I feel terrible for her. It seems awful.

  2. "Akhenaten likely came from the same line as Tutankahmun." Yeah, fathers are generally related to their biological sons.

  3. Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV) is generally believed to be Tutankhamun's (originally Tutankhaten) father.

  4. Some think the killing of the innocents didn't happen is just another way to say most people think killing of the innocents did happen.

  5. ❓❓❓❓DARWIN …. Sounds like Pancreatiis a to me… Chronic and acute…. It's not nice!!!…??? ❓❓❓

    Btw, no Poe wasn't suffering from rabies. Baltimore, Maryland will just do that to you! Lol Richmond, VA didn't help to begin with. Jk, I love it here in VA

  7. Gangrene of the what? that's a disease I didn't need to ever picture thanks! morning to you to Simon…. dam!

  8. You said Edgar Allen Poe died in 1849…but the picture of his tombstone behind you says he was born in 1849 and died in 1875…

  9. I beg to differ. Poe did indeed have great difficulty drinking water during his final illness; he had previously been offered alcohol, which he adamantly refused.

  10. I also cannot believe you don’t have King George III’s porphyria condition or Queen Victoria’s passing on of haemophilia to her royal descendants (Tsarevitch Alexei being the most famous).

  11. His names is Tut-ANKH-Amun, ‘Beloved Son, Life of Amun.’ There are no long vowels in Egyptian: the first name is pronounced ‘tut’, as in rhymes with ‘mutt’. Its also not ‘a-moon’, it’s ‘amun’, like ‘amen’.

  12. This guy has possibly the worst vocabulary of any person I've seen on YouTube. His mispronunciation of words and names that is 7 year old would know is comical I can hardly believe that it's real

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