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August 27, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(9):707-708. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690090057025

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The Deafness, Last Illness and Death of Beethoven  Prof. János Bókay, director of the Pediatric Clinic of Budapest University, an ardent musician, and president of the Medical Philharmonic Club, commemorated the centenary of Beethoven's death by reading to the medical society a paper entitled "The Deafness, Last Illness and Death of Beethoven." Beethoven died March 28, 1827. About 30,000 persons followed his coffin when his body was taken to the famous church in the Alservorstadt. It looked as if a crowned head were being buried, although only an uncrowned prince of music was being escorted on his last road. The route on both sides was lined with the most prominent musicians then living. A band consisting of the most celebrated musicians of Vienna played Beethoven's "Marcia Funebre," and before the church in Alser street a sextet sang "Libera Me." In the entrance hall of the cemetery in Währing-Anschütz, an actor

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