What killed Mozart?

By Jennie McKee

Orthopaedist reviews the theories and points to eighteenth century medical treatment

On Dec. 5, 1791, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart—one of the world’s greatest and most prolific classical composers—died in Vienna at the age of 35, igniting a firestorm of rumor and speculation that continues to this day. Was Mozart poisoned by court composer and reputed rival Antonio Salieri, or was kidney failure, rheumatic fever, or even a parasitic infection to blame?

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