More ink has been spilled than blood when it comes to the ailments of classical music’s greatest composers. From the mysteries of Beethoven’s deafness to Mozart’s supposed execution by the Freemasons – and possible Tourette syndrome – the medical histories of composers have fascinated researchers and readers.

Death of Chopin Félix-Joseph Barrias’s  Death of Chopin, 1885

In his new book, That Jealous Demon, My Wretched Health: Disease, Death and Composers, retired British surgeon Jonathan Noble cites...

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