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Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc.
38 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, New York 12572 USA -  845-876-2626
Vegetarian - Vegan - Animal Rights - Health - Nutrition - Environment

The mission of the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc. is to promote the vegetarian ethic in the Mid-Hudson (New York) region, educate the community and aid anyone in the pursuit of a totally vegetarian (vegan) cruelty-free and healthful lifestyle.


Fall 2001 Issue

News Briefs:

Was Mozart "Porked" to Death?

A CNN internet report of June 12, 2001 raises the issue that pork cutlets may have killed the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

This theory, which was offered by physician Jan. V. Hirschmann of Puget Sound Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, claims that Mozartís death on December 5, 1791 at the age of 35 was due to trichinosis.

According to Dr. Hirschmann, Mozart must have contracted the disease from eating undercooked pork infested by the worm. This would explain all of Mozartís symptoms, said Dr. Hirschmann Ė which included fever, rash, limb pain and swelling. He offers as damning evidence an innocuous seeming letter that Mozart wrote to his wife 44 days before his illness. "What do I smell? Pork cutlets! Che Gusto (What a delicious taste). I eat to your health," Mozart wrote.

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