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Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2007 May-Jun;35(4):372-3.

Mozart and smallpox.

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Department of Ophthalmology, Academic Medical Centre/University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. r.h.zegers@amc.uva.nl

Abstract

In 1767 at 11 years of age, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart contracted smallpox, allegedly causing him temporary blindness. Although now eradicated, smallpox in those days had a high mortality rate, and the history of classical music would have been very different if Mozart had become permanently blind, or died, as a result of the disease.

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