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Rademaker had died of an asymptomatic ruptured aneurysm of the thoracic aorta early in the morning of 19 April 1957. The Dean had the following words to say on this occasion: The way in which he responded to questions on faculty issues and his dedication to the tasks assigned to him, such as the emergency credit fund for faculty members facing unexpected serious problems and so many other matters, are outstanding characteristics which were highly appreciated. He was buried, as he had wished, without any pomp and ceremony in a family grave in the ?Oud Eik & Duinen? (Old Oak and Dunes) cemetery in The Hague. For the student of his life, for the reader, had he been a happy man? Happiness is not a subjective state of mind but a characterisation of an entire life that be reckoned only at death?as Herodotus puts it.

Keywords: asymptomatic ruptured aneurysm; death of Rademaker; emergency credit fund; faculty of medicine; Leiden; Old Oak and Dunes cemetery; professor of Neurology



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