Mysterious Death of Jane Stanford
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Description: Jane Stanford, the co-founder of Stanford University, died in Honolulu in 1905, shortly after surviving strychnine poisoning in San Francisco. The inquest testimony of the physicians who attended her death in Hawaii led to a coroner’s jury verdict of murder—by strychnine poisoning. Stanford University President David Starr Jordan promptly issued a press release claiming that Mrs. Stanford had died of heart disease, a claim that he supported by challenging the skills and judgment of the Honolulu physicians and toxicologist. Jordan’s diagnosis was largely accepted and promulgated in many subsequent historical accounts. In this book, the author reviews the medical reports in detail to refute Dr. Jordan’s claim and to show that Mrs. Stanford indeed died of strychnine poisoning. His research reveals that the professionals who were denounced by Dr. Jordan enjoyed honorable and distinguished careers. He concludes that Dr. Jordan went to great lengths, over a period of nearly two decades, to cover up the real circumstances of Mrs. Stanford’s death.
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Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 7/11/2003
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
|Introduction: The Founding of Leland Stanford Junior University|
|The Death of Mrs. Stanford|
|The Poland Water Poisoning|
|The Police Investigation|
|The Honolulu Inquest|
|The Stanford Party in Honolulu|
|The Stanford Party Returns Home|
|Bolstering Dr. Jordan's Diagnosis|
|The Cases of Shorey and Humphris|
|The Other Physicians|
|Perpetuating the Myth|
|Dr. Shorey and the Experiment Station|
|The "Ross Affair"|
|Professor Julius Goebel|