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Revista médica de Chile

versión impresa ISSN 0034-9887

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YOUNG, Pablo et al. Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), and his disease. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2014, vol.142, n.4, pp.529-535. ISSN 0034-9887.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0034-98872014000400018.

Frédéric Chopin - a great Polish composer and pianist-suffered from a chronic disease. Both during his life and after his death, physicians disagreed on Chopin's diagnosis. His contemporaries accepted the diagnosis of tuberculosis, a common disease in the 18th century. Description of new clinical entities provoked new dilemmas in the 21th century. Although other alternative diagnoses to tuberculosis have emerged, such as cystic fibrosis or alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, we still sustain that the first diagnosis is the most probable. In this paper we report F. Chopin's case history and discuss cons and pros for different diseases as the cause of F. Chopin's suffering and death.

Palabras clave : Cystic fibrosis; Diagnosis; Genetics; History of Medicine.

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