Kategorie: Ophthalmology

Wie Bach und Händel sich doch noch getroffen, aber nicht gesehen haben.

Baptismal registration George Frideric Handel ...Image via Wikipedia
Bach and Handel were born in the same year, namely 1685, therefore they composed  approximately at the same time, recognized already in 1785 Charles Burney on the cosmopolitan and luxury-loving Handel and Bach the good family man who shared the cruel fate of blindness in old age. Bach has always suffered from myopia, at the end of his life he suffered presumably from cataracts. He was eye-operated by Dr. John Taylor who was passing through on 1 April 1750, three days later a second time.  Bach became completely blind and died on 28 July from fever probably a septic outcome of the operation. – On 13 February 1751 Handel noted in his score „Jephtha“ a weakness of the left eye. He went to several eye doctors, treatments are not known exactly, not even the time of complete blindness which obviously had to do with a surgery carried out by Taylor, probably 1758. This oculist John Taylor, born 1703 in Norwich, had been educated by the authority Cheselden, went – europe-famous- with a carriage that was over and over painted with eyes through the country and operated by method of cataract stabbing. The sometimes terrible failures, which he shared with his colleagues, stemmed especially from the disastrous hygiene. He ordered the patients to keep a bandage on their operated eyes for three days – in that meantime the famous healer was already at a safe distance already devoted to his next victims. Taylor supposedly died penniless and blind in a monastery.
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