“I find, then, I am a bad anatomist.” These were the poignant last words of Irish Nationalist Theobald Wolfe Tone (1763 –1798); but what do they refer to?

Answer: They refer to Tone’s fumbled attempt to commit suicide in prison. In trying to cut his throat, Tone accidentally severed his windpipe instead of his jugular, and lingered painfully for several days before finally dying.

Source: Rebels and Informers by Oliver Knox

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