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Acta Neurochirurgica

, Volume 152, Issue 4, pp 737–742 | Cite as

What makes Maurice Ravel’s deadly craniotomy interesting? Concerns of one of the most famous craniotomies in history

  • Ayhan KanatEmail author
  • Selim Kayaci
  • Ugur Yazar
  • Adem Yilmaz
Review Article

Abstract

Maurice Ravel (1875–1937), the great impressionist-classicist composer of many popular compositions, such as the Boléro, suffered from a progressive disease and died following an exploratory craniotomy by Clovis Vincent. The history of his progressive dementia and the contribution of a car accident, following which he was unable to function, have received a certain amount of interest in the neurological literature previously, but his deadly craniotomy was not evaluated from a neurosurgery perspective. The car accident in 1932, with the probable consequence of a mild-to-moderate traumatic brain injury, could be the key event in his life, triggering the loss of his ability to compose. It is clear that he never recovered from his injury and within a year he became completely unable to function. His dementia progressed dramatically. This event needs to be kept in mind. In 1937, Ravel died after the craniotomy performed by Vincent, but only a speculative, retrospective diagnosis is possible since an autopsy was not undertaken.

Keywords

Maurice Ravel Craniotomy Clovis Vincent 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ayhan Kanat
    • 1
    • 4
    Email author
  • Selim Kayaci
    • 2
  • Ugur Yazar
    • 1
  • Adem Yilmaz
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryRize Medical SchoolRizeTurkey
  2. 2.Sar Hospital Department of NeurosurgeryRizeTurkey
  3. 3.Department of NeurosurgerySisli Research and Education HospitalIstanbulTurkey
  4. 4.Tophane Mahallesi, Cumhuriyet Caddesi, Mavideniz internet kafeMerkez-RizeTurkey

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