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Epilepsy

25 January 2011

Did Frederic Chopin have epilepsy?

Artistic genius may sometimes teeter on the brink of madness, but in the case of 19th-century composer Frederic Chopin, some doctors have a straightforward explanation: epilepsy.

Artistic genius may sometimes teeter on the brink of madness, but in the case of 19th-century romantic composer Frederic Chopin, some doctors have a more straightforward explanation: epilepsy.

Caruncho and Fernandez cite an extract from Sand's memoir, where she recalls returning to the home she shared with Chopin, along with her son, after a long journey delayed by flooding. The composer had been playing one of his preludes and told Sand he was lulled to sleep while at the piano and saw himself drowned at the bottom of a lake.

 

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