Mozart and smallpox

Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2007 May-Jun;35(4):372-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-9071.2007.01488.x.


In 1767 at 11 years of age, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart contracted smallpox, allegedly causing him temporary blindness. Although now eradicated, smallpox in those days had a high mortality rate, and the history of classical music would have been very different if Mozart had become permanently blind, or died, as a result of the disease.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Austria
  • Blindness / history*
  • Famous Persons*
  • History, 18th Century
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Music / history*
  • Smallpox / history*

Personal name as subject

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart