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January 4, 1971

Beethoven's Deafness

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Harlow, Essex, England

JAMA. 1971;215(1):119. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03180140083025

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To the Editor.—  I wonder if anyone has considered the possibility of Paget's disease of the bone as the cause of Beethoven's deafness. At postmortem examination his skull was "of great density and a thickness amounting to about half an inch." If he had had this condition, death could conceivably have been due to high output heart failure.