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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.


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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