Beethoven in Person

Beethoven in Person : His Deafness, Illnesses, and Death

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This critical reevaluation of the causes of many of Beethoven's illnesses offers detailed accounts of the treatments applied by his physicians and a comprehensive rendering of the composer's final illness, death, and burial. Separate chapters discuss the causes of many of Beethoven's illnesses, his autopsy and the exhumations. Following the rediscovery of the original Latin autopsy report in 1970, the author has discovered two faulty translations, which he argues contributed to errors in earlier medical assumptions. New evidence disputes earlier assertions that Beethoven's deafness resulted from syphilis. This fascinating account of Beethoven's ailments should appeal to Beethoven enthusiasts and to both the medical and music communities.

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  • Hardback | 316 pages
  • 163.1 x 244.3 x 30mm | 671.33g
  • Greenwood Press
  • WestportUnited States
  • English
  • New.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0313315876
  • 9780313315879

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.,."not only detailed, technical coverage of all of Beethoven's medical problems but also backgroound on medical practice and prominent physicians of Beethoven's time. the book is thoroughly documented and draws on a wide range of primary and secondary musical and medical sources. Recommended for large collections; all levels."-Choice

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About Peter J. Davies

PETER J. DAVIES is a retired Consultant Physician in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He is the author of "Mozart in Person: His Character and Health" (Greenwood, 1989).

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