Tsiamis C.,National and Kapodistrian University of Athens |
Poulakou-Rebelakou E.,National and Kapodistrian University of Athens |
Kalatzis G.,National and Kapodistrian University of Athens |
Kalatzis G.,University of Leeds |
And 3 more authors.
Archives of Hellenic Medicine | Year: 2014
This is a study of the issues related to Lord Byron’s death, the primary component of which is malaria. Byron’s medical profile includes recurrent bouts of fever, consistent with chronic malarial relapses. In addition, data derived from the British medical records of the Ionian Islands regarding the endemic nature of the disease in western Greece during the 19th century, raise the possibility of a fatal re-infection with malaria during Byron’s last months. The example of Byron’s chronic fever triggers the alarm over a current medical problem, namely the diagnosis of malaria import-ed by travellers or migrants, and the need for a detailed medical and travel history, which may place the possibility of malaria in the differential diagnosis. © Athens Medical Society.