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Chopin probably had epilepsy
The composer Frédéric Chopin, who regularly hallucinated, probably had temporal lobe epilepsy throughout his short life, reveals research published online in Medical Humanities.
Professor John Duncan, medical director of Epilepsy Society, commented: "Epileptic seizures arising in the temporal, parietal or occipital lobes of the brain may result in visual hallucinations. These often last for a few seconds and may comprise coloured shapes or blobs, or more formed images. A seizure starting in that way may progress to a loss of awareness for a few minutes and confused semi-purposeful behaviour."