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In Dissecting Beethoven, Georgia Mann and eminent neurosurgeon Henry Marsh explore the story of Beethoven's health, starting with the results of Beethoven's autopsy, which revealed a liver `like leather, hard and bluish-green" and an abdominal cavity `filled with four measures of rust-coloured fluid". Georgia and Henry explore what might have been behind the bowel problems which tormented Beethoven for most of his adult life, could lead-laced wine have poisoned him? Why have some medics settled on the diagnosis of Syphilis, and what's behind the idea of Beethoven having an irregular heartbeat? The Brodsky Quartet play moments from Beethoven's string quartet output which reveal the bodily struggles he endured, and composer Richard Ayres reflects on how the psychological effects of Beethoven's hearing loss may also have played a part in the angst-ridden music he wrote.

Genre: Documentary

Running Time: 45 minutes (approx)

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Georgia Mann
Sophie Coulombeau
Image for Fiona ShawFiona Shaw
Jim Norton
Image for Nicky HensonNicky Henson
John Dougall
Jamie Glover
Andrew Smith
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Neil McCarthy
Charlie Hardwick
Frank Skinner
Eleanor Tremain
Mark Burman
Peter Marinker
Patrick McGuinness
John Gallagher Jr.
John Lightbody
David Hunter
Colm Toibin