The Death of Alexander the Great – A Spinal Twist of Fate

  title={The Death of Alexander the Great – A Spinal Twist of Fate},
  author={Hutan Ashrafian},
  journal={Journal of the History of the Neurosciences},
  pages={138 - 142}
  • H. Ashrafian
  • Published 1 June 2004
  • Medicine
  • Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
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