Did depression fuel Abraham Lincoln's presidential ambitions? Why did Che Guevara go on the suicide mission to Bolivia that ended a lifetime of revolutionary endeavors? How dangerous would it be if Barack Obama suffered a breakdown due to being severely burned out on his job—arguably the most important position in the nation?
A new branch of historical research called pathography addresses the illnesses of famous rulers, military leaders, and artists. Scholars who study pathography repeatedly conclude their analyses with the same diagnosis: burnout.
In the April issue of iD, discover how the mental deterioration of eight of history's most well-known figures affected the course of world events. Find out what happens when preeminent people in positions of power break down and burn out.