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

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


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.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Coronary Disease / history*
  • Ear, External / anatomy & histology*
  • Famous Persons*
  • History, Ancient
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medicine in the Arts*
  • Middle Aged
  • Rome
  • Sculpture
  • Somatotypes*

Personal name as subject

  • None Hadrian