Thursday, June 28, 2012

Health Care for Composers in Days Gone By

In celebration of the Supreme Court's ruling that the Affordable Care Act is indeed constitutional, John Clare of ClassicallyHip made an amusing post with a "top ten" list of composers who, if they were alive today, would have benefited from having affordable health care.

I could name a few more composers who would have benefited, like Schubert and Mozart. It is indeed a wonder that anyone made it through to adulthood when you think of the way medicine worked before the advent of germ theory. It's a wonder that anyone made it through childhood! Wolfgang and his sister Nannerl had five older siblings who died in infancy.


Lisa Hirsch said...

Alban Berg died of an infection that could be knocked out today with a short course of antibiotics. Ditto the great physicist Ernest Rutherford.

Lisa Hirsch said...

Actually, I'm wrong about Rutherford, but it looks as though modern medicine could have saved him.