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Georg Friedrich Händel was a musical giant and probably the first composer to be themanager and promoter of his own works. The story of his life and his illnesses is full of myths,invented and embellished by various biographies. Existing pathographies written by authorsfrom various specialties suggested him having suffered from psychiatric diseases likecyclothymia or mania and rheumatologic disorders like arthritis, while others tended to interprethis recurrent palsies as typical sequelae of ischemic strokes. During his last years of life,Händel was struck with blindness, which in his era had been interpreted as being due tocataracts. This led to three ‘coucher’ operations, all of them without any lasting effect. Althougha definite diagnosis cannot be inferred from the original sources, the most plausible explanationfor Händel’s palsies and visual impairment may be based on one single context, i.e. cerebrovasculardisease. The possible differential diagnosis will be discussed in this paper.

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