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THEDEAFNESS OFBEETHOVEN. DR. IRAFRANK.
Although the deafness of the master musician Beethoven is primarily of interest to lovers of fine music, yet it is appropriate to discuss it with otolaryngologists since there is but little English literature dealing with the subject.
Although there was some familial tuberculosis, there does not appear to have been any history of ear trouble on the maternal or the paternal side. In his early life Beethoven was insufficiently and improperly nourished, and in his early youth he contracted enteritis, and later on icterus, which troubled him till his death at the age of 57 years. The loss of hearing made its first appearance at about the twenty-sixth year. Many of his greatest musical works were composed after he became totally deaf.
The matter of immediate importance to otologists is the cause and nature of Beethoven's deafness. By his many medical advisers
NOVAK FJ. CHICAGO LARYNGOLOGICAL AND OTOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Regular Monthly Meeting, April 1, 1935. Arch Otolaryngol. 1935;22(3):387–399. doi:10.1001/archotol.1935.00640030401016
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