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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The Chopin Currency - Forensics Edition: June 3rd, 2008

Chopin CSI News:

Chopin did not die of TB
Polish Radio External Service - Poland

It was Cystic Fibrosis (not classified as a disease until 1932) that felled him, according to professor Wojciech Cichy of the Medical University in Poznan ...

According to Professor Cichy, the presence of nodules on the surface of the composer’s heart, cited in the autopsy report, could be a symptom of the disease, which is a genetic disorder affecting primarily the lungs. Also, the medical history of members of Chopin's immediate family supports this theory: two of his three sisters died of lung diseases, and the youngest one, who was of very fragile health, died at the age of 15. Chopin died at 39.

Cystic fibrosis and its genetic ramifications were not fully described until 1932, 83 years after his death. Professor Cichy’s team hopes to be able to carry out further genetic research on the basis of the material taken from the remains of Emilia Chopin, who was buried at Warsaw’s Powazki Cemetery.

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Polish professor: Chopin had cystic fibrosis
By Patricia Bauer

Fuller account of the story from a blogsite devoted to disability Issues...

A review article in the Journal of Applied Genetics in 2003 concluded that CF was a “probable cause” of Chopin’s death. The authors called for more research on the subject:

Is it justifiable to deepen our knowledge about the great Polish composer, but foremost to give hope and meaning to those who nowadays suffer from genetically inherited disorders? Is it not right to make an attempt to prove to many suffering people that many things count in life much more than a weak physical body, and that they are not predestined to vanish without leaving something that will influence, inspire and enrich the generations to come?

Disability News | PatriciaEBauer.com - http://www.patriciaebauer.com

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