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Strep throat may have killed Mozart

Posted by on Aug. 18, 2009 at 2:35 PM
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NEW YORK (Reuters) – The death of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at the age of 35 may have been caused by complications stemming from strep throat, according to a Dutch study published on Monday. Since the composer's death in 1791, there have been various theories about the cause of his untimely end, from intentional poisoning, to rheumatic fever, to trichinosis, a parasitic disease caused by eating raw or undercooked pork.

On his death certificate it was officially recorded that the cause of death was hitziges Frieselfieber, or "heated miliary fever," referring to a rash that looks like millet seeds.

But researchers from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands said studies on his death have generally been based on less-than-reliable evidence, like accounts from people who witnessed Mozart's final days, written decades after his death.

Their new study, reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine, was based on information from official death registers for Vienna in the winter of 1791 that places Mozart's death in a wider context. He died in Vienna.

"Our findings suggest that Mozart fell victim to an epidemic of strep throat infection that was contracted by many Viennese people in Mozart's month of death, and that Mozart was one of several persons in that epidemic that developed a deadly kidney complication," researcher Richard Zegers, of the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, told Reuters Health.

Zegers and his colleagues said this "minor epidemic" of step throat, or streptococcal pharyngitis, may have begun in the city's military hospital.

According to witness accounts, Mozart fell ill with an "inflammatory fever," which is consistent with strep throat, Zegers and his colleagues wrote in their report.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090818/lf_nm_life/us_mozart

by on Aug. 18, 2009 at 2:35 PM
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stormcris
by Christy on Aug. 18, 2009 at 2:39 PM

Strep throat complications still kills people even today. It's highly likely.

pisces_chick89
by Member on Aug. 18, 2009 at 3:27 PM

poor mozart..


ive had strep..and i honestly cant imagine dieing form it.not because it wouldnt be possible..but just teh excruciating pain for it to be so bad

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ain-gell72
by on Aug. 18, 2009 at 3:30 PM

oookkk......

something I have always wondered, now answered!

Raintree
by Ruby Member on Aug. 18, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Poor Mozy. I'm a big fan..

The liberal person shall be enriched, and he who waters shall himself be watered. Proverbs 11:25

PurdueMom
by Sherri on Aug. 18, 2009 at 3:45 PM

A good friend of mine died at age 30 from a strep infection that started as a sore throat.

She wrongly refused to take antibiotics she was prescribed because she was pregnant and was fearful the antibiotics would harm her baby.

By the time she decided she was sick enough to go back to the doctor, she was dead within hours.  She died from septic shock related to a streptococcal infection and left 2 little girls and a distraught husband.

One of my favorite movies is Amadeus.  I always cry at the end.  A sad figure indeed... but he composed the most beautiful music.

Sherri
Stefanie1085
by Silver Member on Aug. 18, 2009 at 3:48 PM


Quoting PurdueMom:

A good friend of mine died at age 30 from a strep infection that started as a sore throat.

She wrongly refused to take antibiotics she was prescribed because she was pregnant and was fearful the antibiotics would harm her baby.

By the time she decided she was sick enough to go back to the doctor, she was dead within hours.  She died from septic shock related to a streptococcal infection and left 2 little girls and a distraught husband.

One of my favorite movies is Amadeus.  I always cry at the end.  A sad figure indeed... but he composed the most beautiful music.

That's sad. They have several antibiotics that have been researched and found safe for pregnant women, but alot of them don't know what they will do. What a hard choice to make......

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