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What did Sun Yat-sen really die of? A re-assessment of his illness and the cause of his death

Overview of attention for article published in Ai zheng Aizheng Chinese journal of cancer, September 2016
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Title
What did Sun Yat-sen really die of? A re-assessment of his illness and the cause of his death
Published in
Ai zheng Aizheng Chinese journal of cancer, September 2016
DOI 10.1186/s40880-016-0144-9
Pubmed ID
Authors

Rolf F. Barth, Jie Chen

Abstract

This year is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sun Yat-sen (November 12, 1866) and the 91st year following his death (March 12, 1925). It generally has been believed that the cause of his death was "liver cancer." However, as indicated in the official autopsy report, dated March 13, 1925, of the Peking Union Medical College Hospital (PUMCH) in Beijing, the cause of his death in reality was an adenocarcinoma of the gallbladder with direct extension to the liver and diaphragm as well as widespread metastases to the peritoneal cavity. This important piece of information seems to have never been reported in the English language literature, and it was only in 2013 that the true cause of his death was stated in a one-line sentence in a non-medical Chinese online source. It had been mistakenly believed that the cause of Dr. Sun's death was liver cancer, based on the observations made following an exploratory laparotomy, which had been performed at PUMCH on January 26, 1925. The purpose of this short report is to provide more details relating to his terminal illness and to correct the historical record for a medical audience as to the cause of the death of Sun Yat-sen, a very important figure in the history of 20th century China.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 7 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 3 43%
Student > Bachelor 1 14%
Other 1 14%
Professor > Associate Professor 1 14%
Unknown 1 14%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Arts and Humanities 1 14%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 1 14%
Nursing and Health Professions 1 14%
Immunology and Microbiology 1 14%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 1 14%
Other 1 14%
Unknown 1 14%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 14. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 10 October 2021.
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