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During his last years, Chopin was treated by Dr. Jean Cruveilhier, who also wrote up the (now disappeared) autopsy report. Cruveilhier was considered an expert on TB and, according to other records from the time, he wrote that this was "a disease I have never encountered before." The listed cause of death was said to be heart failure, not TB, for his lungs did not show the substantial ravages that would accompany TB. Chopin’s heart was embalmed and taken to Poland, where the authorities of this century so far have denied requests for a DNA analysis.