[Basica-PCVC] tl032. Feldman G.: Experimental Model: Anatomopathological...-Modelo Experimental: Evaluacion Anatomo Patologica

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First and last name: Maximo E. Valentinuzzi 
Country: Argentina 
Lecture: tl032. Feldman G.: Experimental Model:
Anatomopathological...-Modelo Experimental: Evaluacion Anatomo Patologica 

Question, contribution, or commentary:
In year 2000 a beautiful book was published, “Beethoven’s Hair” by Russell
Martin, by the Broadway Publishing Company (276 pp; see
http://januarymagazine.com/biography/beethovenshair.html). 
There is a description of the history and the studies made quite recently
with a hair lock of the famous composer, determining that his diseases and
death were due to a severe lead intoxication. 
Beethoven, since a very young age, suffered gastric intestinal disorders, as
well as a growing deafness. He died at 57 years old. 
The vascular disorders produced by lead could be the base of the pathologies
suffered by the musician. 
A first question would be how consistent is this hypothesis with the
clinical symptoms of Beethoven. The book deals a bit with this aspect. 
A second question would be to research on the possible cardiac problems he
might have had. 
It is difficult to determine the causes of his intoxication. Water? This
aspect is mentioned in the book. Wine? Beethoven, although not an alcoholic,
drank wine, and apparently back then lead was added to wine to “improve the
taste”. Possible question: Lead really has such organoleptic effect?
You may find further data at:
http://www.raptusassociation.org/beethbleires_e.html
I have read the book and it is enthralling. The hair lock wandered through
the world since 1827 up to this date, undergoing two wars and even a link
with nazism. 
The work is very interesting, especially regarding the town people from the
areas with possibly polluted water. We should remember that in the past,
water pipes were made of lead.

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Pregunta, aporte o comentario: En el año 2000 se publico un hermoso libro, 
Beethoven s Hair, de Russell Martin, por la casa editora Broadway (276 pp;
ver http://januarymagazine.com/biography/beethovenshair.html). 
Se describe la historia y estudios bastante recientes efectuados con un
mechon de cabello del famoso compositor, determinando que sus enfermedades y
muerte se debieron a una severa intoxicacion por plomo.
Beethoven, desde muy joven, sufrio de trastornos gastricos e intestinales
asi como de una creciente sordera. Murio a los 57 años.
Los trastornos vasculares producidos por el plomo podrian ser la base de las
patologias sufridas por el musico. 
Una primer pregunta seria cuan consistente es esta hipotesis con el cuadro
clinico de Beethoven. El libro se refiere un poco a este punto. 
Una segunda pregunta seima indagar sobre posibles problemas cardiacos que
haya tenido.
Es dificil determinar las causas de su intoxicacion. El agua? Este aspecto
lo toca el libro. El vino? Beethoven, sin ser alcoholico, bebia vino, y en
esa epoca aparentemente se le ponia plomo al vino para "mejorar su gusto".
Pregunta posible: El plomo realmente tiene tal efecto organoleptico? 
Mas datos pueden encontrar en
http://www.raptusassociation.org/beethbleires_e.html 
Yo lei el libro y es apasionante. El mechon de cabello deambulo por el mundo
desde 1827 hasta nuestros dias, pasando por dos guerras y hasta con
vinculaciones con el nazismo.
Muy interesante el trabajo, sobre todo en lo que hace a pobladores de zonas
con posible contaminacion de sus aguas. Recordar que en el pasado las
cañerias de agua eran de plomo.



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