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Chopin’s Hallucinations Likely Caused by Epilepsy

Epilepsy was the likely cause of hallucinations experienced by 19th century Polish composer Frederic Chopin, according to a new study.

Researchers reached the conclusion that Chopin had temporallobe epilepsy after analyzing the musician’s own descriptions of his hallucinations — including his description of a “cohort of phantoms” — as well as accounts of his life written by pupils and friends such as George Sand.

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