In this context, the disorders that plagued famous musicians and how they affected both performance and composition are critically discussed, as is music as medicine and its potential health hazard.
Additional topics, including the way music fits into early conceptions of localization of function in the brain, its cultural roots in evolution, and its important roles in societies and educational systems are also explored.
- Examines music and the brain both historically and in the light of the latest research findings - The largest and most comprehensive volume on "music and neurology" ever written- Written by a unique group of real world experts representing a variety of fields, ranging from history of science and medicine, to neurology and musicology - Includes a discussion of the way music has cultural roots in evolution and its important role in societies
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Table of Contents
Franz Joseph Gall and Music: The Faculty and the Bump
Music, Neurology and Psychology in the 19th Century
Singing by Speechless (Aphasic) Children: Victorian Medical Observations
Some Early Cases of Aphasia and the Capacity to Sing
Benjamin Franklin and his Glass Armonica: From Music as Therapeutic to Pathological
Historical Perspectives on Music as a Cause of Disease
Stroke, Music and Creative Output: Alfred Schnittke and other Composers
Hector Berlioz and His Vesuvius: An Analysis of Historical Evidence from an Epileptological Perspective
Alexander Scriabin: His Chronic Right Hand Pain and its Impact on his Piano Compositions
Frederick Delius: Controversies Regarding his Neurological Disorder and its Impact on his Compositional Output
Robert Schumann in the Psychiatric Hospital at Endenich
Mozart at Play: The Limitations of Attributing the Etiology of Genius to Tourette Syndrome and Mental Illness
Paul Wittgenstein's Right arm and his Phantom: The Saga of a Famous Concert Pianist and his Amputation
Georg Friedrich Händel A Case of Large Vessel Disease with Complications in the 18th Century
Joseph Haydn's Encephalopathy: New Aspects
Organists and Organ Music Composers
Frédéric Chopin and his Neuropsychiatric Problems
Somnambulism in Verdi's Macbeth and Bellini's La Sonnambula: Opera, Sleepwalking, and Medicine
Opera and Neuroscience