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The hallucinations of Frédéric Chopin
  1. Manuel Vázquez Caruncho1,
  2. Franciso Brañas Fernández2
  1. 1Servicio de Radiología, Complexo Hospitalario Xeral-Calde, Lugo, Spain
  2. 2Servicio de Neurología, Complexo Hospitalario Xeral-Calde, Lugo, Spain
  1. Correspondence to Manuel Vázquez Caruncho, Servicio de Radiología, Complexo Hospitalario Xeral-Calde, C/ Severo Ochoa, s/n, 27004 Lugo, Spain; manuel.vazquez.caruncho{at}


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.

  • Hallucinations
  • Chopin
  • seizures
  • epilepsy
  • music
  • neurology

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