What’s in the hair: Napoleon’s enigmatic death

Perhaps never in history has hair played a more important role than in the case of Napoleon. This is because some locks of the – rather thin – hair that covered the scalp of one of the greatest military commanders of all time became the key for determining what had caused the death of the former emperor. Was the malignant work of the cancer consuming his body enough to send him to the afterlife, or did his friends, who stuck by him even after his exile to the dullness of the island of Saint Helena, help the process with some arsenic?

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