Niemann-Pick disease

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a disorder of lipid metabolism that is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait

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He loves most of the "excerpts" (some of them already familiar as such by this time): the "Ride of the Valkyries," Siegmund's "Spring Song" (if only the tenor Albert Niemann would treat it as a real operatic cantilena, to be sung from the footlights, and forgo his scruples about Wagnerian dramatic "naturalism"), Siegfried's forging songs, the "Rhine Journey" in Gotterdammerung, and above all, Siegfried's "Funeral Music," which inspires him to paeans almost worthy of the confirmed Wagnerians Lindau otherwise satirizes here.
Albert Niemann. Cocaine was thought to be a wonder drug until the early 20th century, when its darker side began to show in the form of addiction.