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Rain Man
08-18-2009, 09:09 AM
Strep throat infection. Just reported on Fox News.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,540183,00.html?test=latestnews

Strep Throat May Have Killed Mozart, Study Finds
Tuesday, August 18, 2009

According to witness accounts, Mozart fell ill with an "inflammatory fever," which is consistent with strep throat.
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.

The composer, who wrote more than 600 works during his life, eventually developed severe swelling, "malaise," back pain and a rash, consistent with a strep infection leading to kidney inflammation known as glomerulonephritis.

Zegers said it was also possible that Mozart had scarlet fever, which, like strep throat, can be caused by infection with streptococcal bacteria, but this was less likely because witnesses said Mozart developed a rash near the end of his illness and with scarlet fever, the rash appears early on.

Frazod
08-18-2009, 09:24 AM
DAMMIT CARL :cuss:

Phobia
08-18-2009, 09:29 AM
Why don't they just exhume his body if they want an accurate autopsy? I remember when I was a boy; autopsies only took 50 years.

Phobia
08-18-2009, 09:37 AM
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.

I wonder if Skip Towne was contacted for his accounting of Mozart's final days?

JD10367
08-18-2009, 09:37 AM
I told that kid not to blow Lizst! God knows where that thing had been. :shake:

MVChiefFan
08-18-2009, 09:40 AM
First Michael Jackson, now this. :shake: Who's next? Francis Scott Key? It always comes in threes.

mikeyis4dcats.
08-18-2009, 09:41 AM
they always come in 3s...who's next!

RJ
08-18-2009, 10:14 AM
Still?

When will this madness end?

Chief Chief
08-18-2009, 10:33 AM
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.

Hitziges Frieselfieber is better known today as an Austrian pilsner of excellent quality and taste which is brewed using hops, barley, and millet seeds.

mikeyis4dcats.
08-18-2009, 10:33 AM
first Mozart, then Robert Novak...who's next!

no love
08-18-2009, 10:43 AM
old news.

4th and Long
08-18-2009, 10:47 AM
first Mozart, then Robert Novak...who's next!
John Goodwin.

Frazod
08-18-2009, 10:47 AM
first Mozart, then Robert Novak...who's next!

I think Brahms is in pretty rough shape, too. :(

blaise
08-18-2009, 10:51 AM
This news rocked me.

Gonzo
08-18-2009, 10:59 AM
John Goodman.

Fixed

Gonzo
08-18-2009, 10:59 AM
This news rocked me.

ROFL

rep

mikey23545
08-18-2009, 11:14 AM
repost

noa
08-18-2009, 11:36 AM
Mo who?

gblowfish
08-18-2009, 12:59 PM
You know, when John Goodman does go, nobody on this board will believe it.

Duck Dog
08-18-2009, 01:01 PM
I never even knew he was sick?

88TG88
08-18-2009, 01:11 PM
First Michael Jackson, now this. :shake: Who's next? Francis Scott Key? It always comes in threes.

SUMMER OF DEATH !1111!!1111!!111111

Just Passin' By
08-18-2009, 01:42 PM
Son of a bitch owed me money

Ebolapox
08-18-2009, 09:33 PM
bring him in for a look?

JD10367
08-18-2009, 09:41 PM
Whose bike is this?

It's not a bike, baby, it's a chopper.

Whose chopper is this?

'Zart's.

Who's 'Zart?

'Zart's dead, baby. 'Zart's dead.