Columbus Might Have Had Arthritis

JULY 01, 2005

Christopher Columbus, who was struck with a mysterious illness while returning from his first voyage to the New World, may have suffered from a severe form of arthritis. At the time, doctors thought he had gout. Although he made 4 trips to the Americas, the disease progressively became worse, and he died a crippled man.

Frank C. Arnett, MD, a rheumatologist at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, said that Columbus likely had reactive arthritis, an illness caused by the bacteria responsible for food poisoning. It is not clear, however, what ultimately caused the explorer's death. Dr. Arnett noted that descriptions of Columbus as tall, fair-skinned, and blue-eyed also suggest he was of northern European ancestry, and 75% of those who acquire reactive arthritis have a gene found mostly in northern European countries.



SHARE THIS SHARE THIS
0

Conference Coverage from ASHP Summer 2017 

Four years after they first launched the Summer Meetings in Minneapolis, Minn., the ASHP 2017 Summer Meetings and Exhibition was in Minneapolis once again.  

 

Pharmacy Times Strategic Alliance
 

Pharmacist Education
Clinical features with downloadable PDFs


Next-Generation Pharmacist® Awards


3rd Annual Convenient Healthcare and Pharmacy Collaborative Conference


SIGN UP FOR THE PHARMACY TIMES NEWSLETTER
Personalize the information you receive by selecting targeted content and special offers.