Hector Berlioz: from medical school to music conservatory

Louis-Hector Berlioz (1803–1869) was born in La Côte-Saint-André, France. His father was a well-known physician in his hometown in the French Alps and wanted his son to follow in his footsteps. At the age of eighteen, Berlioz was sent to…


Ludwig van Beethoven: music and medicine

December 2020 marked the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven. The causes of the composer’s deafness and his death at the age of 56 have remained unknown, even after an autopsy carried out soon after his death….


Epidemics from plague to coronavirus

Michael Yafi, MD, director of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, offers a historical context of epidemics in this essay. It was first published by the Hektoen international online journal. Throughout history humanity has faced many epidemics and pandemics that caused…


Pediatric endocrinologist gives iconic “Mona Lisa” a second medical opinion

Leonardo da Vinci’s world-renowned “Mona Lisa” painting of Lisa Gherardini has captivated millions since it was created in the early 1500s, including experts in the medical community. For years, scientists and physicians have studied the discoloration of Gherardini’s skin, the…


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