Neurological Disorders in Famous Artists - Part 3

Editor(s): Bogousslavsky J. (Montreux) 
Hennerici M.G. (Mannheim) 
Bäzner H. (Stuttgart) 
Bassetti C. (Lugano) 
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Bravo! Neurology at the Opera

Matthews B.R.
Indiana University School of Medicine, Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center, Indianapolis, Ind., USA Bogousslavsky J, Hennerici MG, Bäzner H, Bassetti C (eds): Neurological Disorders in Famous Artists – Part 3. Front Neurol Neurosci. Basel, Karger, 2010, vol 27, pp 119–129 (DOI:10.1159/000311196)


Opera is a complex musical form that reflects the complexity of the human condition and the human brain. This article presents an introduction to the portrayal of medical professionals in opera, including one neurologist, as well as two characters in whom neurological disease contributes to the action of the musical drama. Consideration is also given to the neuroanatomy and neuropathology of opera singers with further speculation regarding the neural underpinnings of the passion of opera’s audience.


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