Bravo! Neurology at the opera

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNeurological Disorders in Famous Artists - Part 3
EditorsJulien Bogousslavsky, Michael Hennerici, Hans-Jorg Bazner, Claudio Bassetti
Number of pages11
StatePublished - Sep 8 2010

Publication series

NameFrontiers of Neurology and Neuroscience
ISSN (Print)1660-4431
ISSN (Electronic)1662-2804

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Neurology

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    Matthews, B. R. (2010). Bravo! Neurology at the opera. In J. Bogousslavsky, M. Hennerici, H-J. Bazner, & C. Bassetti (Eds.), Neurological Disorders in Famous Artists - Part 3 (pp. 119-129). (Frontiers of Neurology and Neuroscience; Vol. 27).