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West J Med. 1980 Jan;132(1):87-91.

Diagonal earlobe creases, type A behavior and the death of Emperor Hadrian.

Abstract

Classical writings suggest that the Roman emperor Hadrian died from congestive heart failure resulting from hypertension and coronary atherosclerosis. This diagnosis is supported by the identification of bilateral diagonal ear creases on sculptures of several busts of Hadrian as well as literary evidence of behavior pattern A.

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6990626
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PMC1271965
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