Historical Clinicopathological Conference 1997 : Ludwig van Beethoven
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DescriptionThe illness and death of Ludwig van Beethoven was the subject of the 3rd annual conference. Included is an account of the composer’s many health issues and description of his death. Autopsy findings written by Dr. Johann Wagner, who performed the post-mortem, appear at the end. Dr. Donnenberg's diagnosis is that Beethoven suffered from syphilis.
Presenter's Diagnosis (Dr. Michael S. Donnenberg): Syphilis. Alterative Diagnosis: Lead intoxication. Reference: Donnenberg MS, et al. Am J Med 2000; 108: 4 7 5-80
SponsorsUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore. School of Medicine
VA Maryland Health Care System (U.S.)
University of Maryland, Baltimore. School of Medicine. Medical Alumni Association
Kramer, Morton D., M.D.
KeywordBeethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827--Death and burial
Cause of Death