The hallucinations of Frédéric Chopin
- 1Servicio de Radiología, Complexo Hospitalario Xeral-Calde, Lugo, Spain
- 2Servicio de Neurología, Complexo Hospitalario Xeral-Calde, Lugo, Spain
- Correspondence to Manuel Vázquez Caruncho, Servicio de Radiología, Complexo Hospitalario Xeral-Calde, C/ Severo Ochoa, s/n, 27004 Lugo, Spain;
- Received 10 July 2010
- Accepted 16 November 2010
- Published Online First 24 January 2011
Frédéric Chopin is the epitome of the romantic artist; he had a chronic pulmonary disease that ultimately caused his death at the age of 39. An overlooked neurological condition is discussed in this paper. We consider the possibility of a temporal lobe epilepsy, as throughout his life Chopin had hallucinatory episodes, which can accompany seizure disorders.
Competing interests None.
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