) "The aorta of a whale is larger in the bore than the main pipe of the water-works at London Bridge, and the water roaring in its passage through that pipe is inferior in impetus and velocity to the blood gushing from the whale’s heart."
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He suffered a rupture of the aorta.
Blamed on bad shellfish, elusive viruses, or an overlooked weakness in the aorta.