Letter documents Napoleon 'tormented' with toothache

By DrBicuspid Staff

January 8, 2021 -- A letter detailing the medical condition of Napoleon Bonaparte in his later years details how the military leader dealt with an extreme toothache, CNN reported.

Irish surgeon Barry Edward O'Meara wrote the letter, which is dated June 4, 1818. O'Meara treated Napoleon while the leader was in exile on the island of St. Helena. The letter recently sold at auction for $2,000, and it details Bonaparte's maladies, including headaches, fever, and "general anxiety and oppression," according to the article.

The letter also included details of Bonaparte's battle with a toothache. O'Meara had to remove a tooth on the upper left side of Bonaparte's mouth after the pain "tormented" him.

Bonaparte died on the island on May 5, 1821.


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