Ravel's neurological illness

Robert J. Alonso, Robert M. Pascuzzi

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In the last 10 years of his life, Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) experienced a gradually progressive decline in neurological function. Dr. Alajouanine examined Ravel, noting the presence of aphasia and apraxia with relative preservation of comprehension and memory. The exact diagnosis remains unclear, but the likelihood of a progressive degenerative disorder, such as frontotemporal dementia, is herein discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-57
Number of pages5
JournalSeminars in Neurology
Issue number2 SUPPL. 1
StatePublished - Oct 25 1999


  • Frontotemporal dementia
  • History of neurology
  • Maurice Ravel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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    Alonso, R. J., & Pascuzzi, R. M. (1999). Ravel's neurological illness. Seminars in Neurology, 19(2 SUPPL. 1), 53-57.