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Thursday, July 03, 2008

Alcohol Is Good for the Heart

DNA tests on the heart of Frédéric Chopin—preserved since his death in 1849—may prove whether the composer suffered from cystic fibrosis.

Grzegorz Michalski, director of Poland's National Fryderyk Chopin Institute, says the last known time the heart was examined, just after the end of World War II, it appeared to be perfectly preserved in the hermetically sealed crystal urn that was filled with an alcoholic liquid, presumed to be cognac.

"Records show it is in perfect condition, so to tamper with it risks destroying it," Michalski says. Of Chopin's two living descendants, he says, one favours DNA testing, but the other is staunchly opposed. [Link]
You just know that someone somewhere would pay top dollar for that 1849 cognac.

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