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The Friendship Between Billroth and Brahms
Dr. János Bókay, retired professor of pediatrics at the University of Budapest and founder of the Medical Philharmonic Society, recently addressed the medical society on the friendship between Johannes Brahms and Billroth. It began when the latter taught surgery in Zurich (1860-1866). Brahms, yet a youth, was nearing the peak of his development as a composer of music. The Billroth-Brahms friendship lasted for almost three decades, until the death of Billroth in 1894. There was scarcely four years' difference between their ages. Billroth was born in 1829, Brahms in 1833.Billroth had a craving for music and he played well. In early youth he prepared for a musical career, and from the great number of letters collected during the time of his professorship it is evident that his love for music lasted until his death. While in Zurich he wrote musical criticisms for the
BUDAPEST. JAMA. 1933;101(20):1575–1576. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740450049022