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Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc.
38 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, New York 12572 USA -
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
Fall 2001 Issue
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
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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