Infectious Disease Clinics of North America volume 18, issue 2, P311-339 2004 DOI: 10.1016/j.idc.2004.02.002 View full text
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Ernst T Rietschel, Mireille Rietschel, Bruce Beutler

Abstract: Their music is immortal, but famous composers of the last centuries were not. Up to 50 years ago, microbial infections were a major cause of mortality and showed composers no special mercy. They died of various infectious diseases. By application of modern intensive care measurements and effective antibiotics, many of them would have been saved. Disease and painful death brought the work of these divine artists to the level of immortal creations that both inspire and astonish the mortal audience.