Saturday, August 22, 2009

mozart died of strep throat?

35 -- far too young for this genius to expire. And now it looks like nothing sinister (i.e. poisoning by Salieri) was involved ... just a nasty streptococcal throat infection that led to kidney failure.

How fascinating is it that there are scientists out there studying stuff like this? Every bit of enlightenment we gather as a society betters us.

The study was headed by Richard HC Zegers from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and colleagues Andreas Weigl from the University of Vienna in Austria and Andrew Steptoe from University College London in the UK, and is published online in the 18 August issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

"Consistent with Mozart's last illness and death being due to a streptococcal infection leading to an acute nephritic syndrome caused by poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis."

Some puzzles are worth solving. This is one.

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