Ludwig Van Beethoven
Beethoven was a famous german composer. He wrote music like Fur Elise, Moonlight Sonata, and so on. He had a lot of practice on the piano. By the time he was eight years old he was performing concerts. Beethoven as he got older in life, began to lose his hearing. That didn’t stop him from performing his concerts. By the time he wrote his ninth symphony, he was 100% deaf. Being deaf made him not want to be around people since it was difficult to communicate with them. Often he would have them write on paper for him to read what they were trying to say. By the end of his life he had stomach problems. Constant diarrhea, vomiting and so on troubled his life. At the time he lived there was no plumbing yet, so he had to use a chamber pot. In 1827 he got pneumonia and couldn't seem to get rid of it. His body bloated with rotting fluid.
How He Died
Beethoven died of pneumonia. He was bloated and the doctors couldn't find a way to help him get cured. First they cut a hole into his stomach and drained the rotting fluid from it. They plugged it up when they were done with just a rag. Beethovens skin was the color of a Banana. He couldn't use the restroom. He took a steam bath and all of the liquid was absorbed and he got bloated. He ended up going unconscious and died.
How Pneumonia was Treated Then
What they did then with Beethoven was, they attempted to drain the fluid out, and drilled a hole into his stomach, and stuck a hose into it. He was awake for this treatment, and without medicine. They sucked out the fluid and plugged the hole with some rags. He kept on going back to the hospital to have the hole drained. The hole ended up getting infected. The doctors got another idea to sweat out the liquid with a steam bath. Beethoven was covered in rags from feet to his neck. He sat in the steam bath for several hours. Apparently his body had absorbed all of the liquid like a sponge, his body was bloated.
How Pneumonia is Treated Now
Many of the Antibiotics used would be-
- amoxicillin with clavulanate
- ticarcillin with clavulanate