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Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2004 Jun;18(2):311-39, table of contents.

How the mighty have fallen: fatal infectious diseases of divine composers.

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Research Center Borstel, Department of Immunochemistry and Biochemical Microbiology, Leibniz-Center for Medicine and Biosciences, Parkallee 22, D-23845 Borstel, Germany.


Their music is immortal, but famous composers of the last centuries were not. Up to 50 years ago, microbial infections were a major cause of mortality and showed composers no special mercy. They died of various infectious diseases. By application of modern intensive care measurements and effective antibiotics, many of them would have been saved. Disease and painful death brought the work of these divine artists to the level of immortal creations that both inspire and astonish the mortal audience.

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