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Did the Baroque Composer Domenico Scarlatti Have Watch Glass Nails and Drumstick Fingers?

Version 1 : Received: 3 October 2020 / Approved: 5 October 2020 / Online: 5 October 2020 (13:56:14 CEST)

How to cite: Otte, A. Did the Baroque Composer Domenico Scarlatti Have Watch Glass Nails and Drumstick Fingers?. Preprints 2020, 2020100090 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202010.0090.v1). Otte, A. Did the Baroque Composer Domenico Scarlatti Have Watch Glass Nails and Drumstick Fingers?. Preprints 2020, 2020100090 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202010.0090.v1).

Abstract

(1) Background: Little is known about the baroque composer Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757), whose life was centred behind closed doors at the royal court in Spain. There are no reports about his illnesses. From his compositions, mainly for harpsichord, an outstanding virtuosity can be read. (2) Case Presentation: In this case report, the only known oil painting of Domenico Scarlatti is presented, on which he is about 50 years old. In it one recognizes conspicuous hands with hints of watch glass nails and drumstick fingers. (3) Discussion: Whether Scarlatti had chronic hypoxia of peripheral body regions as a sign of, e.g., bronchial cancer or a severe heart disease, is not known. (4) Conclusions: The above-mentioned signs recorded in the oil painting, even if they were not interpretable at that time, are clearly represented and recorded for us and are open to diagnostic discussion from today's point of view.

Subject Areas

Domenico Scarlatti; oil painting; watch glass nails; drumstick fingers; clubbing; Pierre-Marie-Bamberger syndrome

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