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Theodor Billroth: Surgeon, Musician, and Composer.

Authors
  • Lin, Tami Yu-Yu1
  • Seal, Andrew2
  • 1 Southern Medical Program, Faculty of Medicine, UBC, Kelowna, BC, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 2 123588166 Department of Surgery, University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine, Vancouver, BC, Canada. , (Canada)
Type
Published Article
Journal
The American surgeon
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2021
Volume
87
Issue
4
Pages
507–510
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/0003134820949520
PMID: 33064016
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Music and surgery have a long and shared history, and the existence of musician-surgeons has been well documented. Best known for his 2 gastric reconstruction operations, Theodor Billroth was also a skilled musician and made valuable contributions to the field of music theory and composition. While he was a prolific composer during his lifetime, most of his works have unfortunately been lost. His 1 surviving composition Todessehnsucht offers insight into his composition process and serves as a testament to the amalgamation of his personal life, his career as a surgeon, and his lifelong love of music. This article seeks to analyze Billroth's only musical composition from a historical, musical, and sociopolitical perspective and to illustrate the close interplay between science and art in one of the most quintessential musician-surgeons in history.

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