Napoleon may have lost due to piles: Book

Updated: Jan 01, 2009, 20:22 PM IST

London, Jan 01: A new book on Napoleon Bonaparte suggests that he may have lost the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 because he was suffering from haemorrhoids.

‘Napoleon’s Haemorrhoids’, by Phil Mason, says that the French emperor was suffering from an acute attack of piles that stopped him riding his horse, and supervising the troops during the war, reports the Sun.

As per the book, two days before the battle, Napoleon’s doctors lost the leeches that they used to relieve his agony, and accidentally overdosed him with the painkiller laudanum.

Napoleon was still suffering from the effects of the painkiller when the battle broke out.