Shostakovich and ALS

Veena R. Kalapatapu, Aedan P. Gilkey, Robert M. Pascuzzi

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The life of the Russian composer Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich (25 September 1903 - 9 August 1975) was marked by chronic ill health. There is evidence that he suffered from a progressive asymmetric weakness of the limbs. The diagnosis of his condition eluded multiple physicians and was never conclusively identified. Despite enduring an insidious 20-year course, Shostakovich remained a prolific composer and performer. His remarkable cultural contributions, in the setting of such adversity, continue to inspire other people beset with chronic paralytic illnesses such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNeurological Disorders in Famous Artists - Part 3
EditorsJulien Bogousslavsky, Michael Hennerici, Hans-Jorg Bazner, Claudio Bassetti
Number of pages9
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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    Kalapatapu, V. R., Gilkey, A. P., & Pascuzzi, R. M. (2010). Shostakovich and ALS. In J. Bogousslavsky, M. Hennerici, H-J. Bazner, & C. Bassetti (Eds.), Neurological Disorders in Famous Artists - Part 3 (pp. 92-100). (Frontiers of Neurology and Neuroscience; Vol. 27).