Mozart and smallpox

Richard H. C. Zegers

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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
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)372-373
JournalClinical & experimental ophthalmology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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