The lead in Beethoven's hair

  title={The lead in Beethoven's hair},
  author={J. Eisinger},
  journal={Toxicological \& Environmental Chemistry},
  pages={1 - 5}
  • J. Eisinger
  • Published 2008
  • Chemistry
  • Toxicological & Environmental Chemistry
In the past several years a number of inadequately substantiated reports appeared in the popular media, asserting that lead (Pb) found in Beethoven's hair indicated that he was a victim of Pb poisoning and suggesting that lead played a role in his deafness and illnesses. This article reviews critically a recent report of the longitudinal distribution of Pb along individual hairs belonging to Beethoven by Dr Reiter 1, who interprets the Pb concentration profile of an individual hair in terms of… Expand
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