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Did Mozart die in a young men’s ‘strep throat’ epidemic?

Title of paper under discussion The Death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: An Epidemiologic Perspective Authors Richard H.C. Zegers, Andreas Weigl and Andrew Steptoe Journal Annals of Internal Medicine – 2009; 151 (4): 274-278 Link to paper (free access) Overview The cause of 35-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s death in the winter of 1791 has ever since puzzled …

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How come Alzheimer’s disease spares musical memory?

Title of paper under discussion Why musical memory can be preserved in advanced Alzheimer’s disease Authors Jörn-Henrik Jacobsen,  Johannes Stelzer,  Thomas Hans Fritz,  Gael Chételat, Renaud La Joie,  Robert Turner  Journal Brain, Volume 138, Issue 8, August 2015, Pages 2438–2450 Link to original paper (free access) Overview It has long been recognised, both anecdotally and scientifically, that people with Alzheimer’s …

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