Po or old Beethoven. He had it all: chronic stomach upsets, headaches, almost permanent diarrhoea, and then there was the deafness. No wonder he suffered frequent mood swings, with some even diagnosing those as yet another symptom of an incipient malaise. His autopsy yielded a torrent of nasties: “Beethoven’s liver, shrunk to half the size of a healthy one, was leathery and covered with nodules; the spleen was black and tough and twice its normal size; the...

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