Webinar - The Illnesses and Death of Ludwig Van Beethoven


25 September 2024 12.00

The composer Ludwig Van Beethoven had a profound effect on the history of classical music, redefining our notions of symphony, string quartet, and piano sonata,  and also our conception of the artist as a hero. But he was also a person who lived with illness and disability.  Beethoven’s medical history has remained a source of fascination and debate since his death in 1827. In this presentation, we review what is known about his medical history with an emphasis on his final illness.

Dr. Lebwohl is Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and serves as the Associate Clinical Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and as the Director of Clinical Research at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. He is a gastroenterologist and clinical researcher who has co-authored more than 350 peer-reviewed publications.