From what could the Sultan Saladin die?
Yusuf ibn Ayyub, who in Europe was called Saladin, was born in 1137. He was a famous commander, confronted the crusaders in their campaigns as a leader of Muslims, ruled Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Iraq and other countries, was known as a brave and generous man. He died in 1193, and it is still not known what exactly caused this cause. Stephen Gluckman of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine gathered together scanty information about how the Sultan’s health worsened, and presented the relevant work at the Historical Clinicopathological Conference on May 4. It was difficult to deliver the exact diagnosis 800 years later, however, the specialist named the most probable cause of Saladin’s death.
Thus, for the first time the deterioration of health of Yusuf ibn Ayyub became known in 1185, when he was 47 years old. There were no exact symptoms, but he supposedly was ill for more than two months, and his comrades thought that the sultan did not have much time to live. Saladin survived, but after suffering a disease often suffered from fever and colic. In 1190, he had a fever attack, as a result of which he went to bed for a month. At 56, the ruler complained of loss of appetite, weakness, indigestion, manifestations of lethargy. Another fever intensified his illness, the sultan began to have headaches and bleeding, and on the seventh and eighth day of the illness mind grew muddled. On day 11 he began to sweat so that his whole bed became wet, and then Saladin began to periodically lose consciousness. On the 14th day he died.
Stephen Glakman noted that the clinical picture of the disease was not similar to smallpox, plague or tuberculosis. Most likely, the military leader died of typhoid fever , the causative agent of which is the bacterium Salmonella typhi.