Diagnosing Goya: Unraveling Medical Mysteries of the Past


Clinicians at the 24th annual Historical Clinicopathological Conference have some difficult medical cases on their hands. Probably because their patients are often over 150 years old. This was the case for Dr. Ronna Hertzano from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Her interest was in Francisco Goya, a famous Spanish painter from the late 18th and early 19th century who suffered an undiagnosed illness which led to permanent hearing loss. Dr. Hertzano narrowed her diagnosis down to two possibilities. Check out the video to see what may have led this artist, who some argue was the first truly modern painter, to lose his hearing.

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