Beethoven's autopsy revisited: A pathologist sounds a final note

  title={Beethoven's autopsy revisited: A pathologist sounds a final note},
  author={S. Oiseth},
  journal={Journal of Medical Biography},
  pages={139 - 147}
  • S. Oiseth
  • Published 2017
  • Medicine
  • Journal of Medical Biography
  • This review of the original autopsy report of Beethoven's remains indicates Paget's disease within the skull, which was dense and twice normal thickness, with dilated vessels at the petrous bone. The facial nerves were enlarged and the eighth nerves atrophied despite their sharing a common meatus at the internal auditory canal. Nephrolithiasis and pyelonephritis with cortical and perinephric abscesses were also reported. The hypercalcaemia was probably caused by hyperparathyroidism, which may… CONTINUE READING


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