Scientists have found scurvy in the mouth for a long time the death of the aborted crusade of king

An image of the jaw, it shows an 18th-Century piece of paper attached to it to identify it as belonging to Louis IX.
(Charlier P, et al. The lower jaw of st. Louis (1270 AD): a Retrospective diagnosis, and in the circumstances of the death. J Stomatol Oral Maxillofac Surg (2019))

The last of the crusader kings, was scurvy, when he died, and a new forensic analysis of will — conflict old-stories-that he died of the plague, or dysentery.

The new find is an old bone that was buried in the Cathedral of Notre-Dame cathedral. It is said to belong to Louis IX, king of France, who died besieging Tunis during the Eighth Crusade in 1270, and was canonized as a St. Louis. They can find the forensic evidence that the bones are indeed from the Pc. In st. Louis, and that he had a severe case of scurvy, and when he died. The results of the survey have been made available online June 8 in the Journal of Stomatology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Scurvy is a disease resulting from vitamin C deficiency. A healthy person gets plenty of vitamin C to ward off. But Louis, who seems to have eaten mainly fish, while the campaign doesn’t have to eat the local food, in Tunis, and that of the body. Scurvy causes gum disease, tooth loss, anemia, and weakness, among other symptoms. [Photos: a Medieval Skeletons that were Excavated in the Vicinity of the Saint’s Tomb in England]

For the researchers, as quoted from the account of Jean de Joinville, the medieval chronicler together with a history of the crusades, to prove that scurvy was common in Louis’s army.

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“Our army is the burden of the gums, necrosis (death of the gum),” Paris said, “and the hairdresser had to cut off the necrotic tissue, so the men have to chew the meat and swallow it. It was fun to hear the soldiers scream and cry as the women work on their part of the work were cut.”

In order to prove to the bone, indeed, was Louis the IX, and the researchers have for the first time, a visual inspection, and showed that it is the correct shape for the jaw of a 56-year-old man. (Louis IX, and was 56 years old when he died.) Then, they are compared with the existing images in the church of the dead king’s face, and found that they closely matched. Finally, the team performed radiocarbon dating on bone is to measure the amount of carbon is eight-connected to the neutrons (with a radioactive range in the core.

Radioactive carbon decays at a constant speed and the bodies to stop it is to absorb new carbon from the environment at the time of death, so that the carbon-14 levels that can be used in order to determine whether a bone sample by age. Intriguingly, the carbon in the bone that seemed to be coming from a man who died between the years 1030 and 1220. That would be too early to come to st. Louis, and wrote of them, except for Louis, seems to have lived largely or entirely on fish. The ocean has less and less carbon 14, so the ocean creatures are known to be a little less of this radioactive carbon into their bodies than land-based creatures. It seems, therefore, as the researchers wrote, is that Louis is just eating so much fish that they are made from the bones appear to be older.

The researchers found evidence of severe scurvy in the jaw, but that doesn’t mean that the link between scurvy and killed him, investigators said. Scurvy can weaken the immune system, allowing other infections to take root, she noted. In the next step, they say, is the study of the king’s courage (which have been cooked in wine, herbs and spices to preserve it, and stored it elsewhere in Europe) as well as to find out what parasites are present.

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