The life of the Polish-French pianist and composer Frédéric Chopin (1810—1849) was, to a great extent, influenced by his disease. Nevertheless, the diagnosis and differential diagnoses of his suffering remain a matter of debates in numerous biographical studies on the composer’s life. This study shall conduct a systematization and overview of Chopin’s medical history, in an effort to outline pathways to his most probable diagnosis.
Victoria Wapf, M.D., M.S.W., was born in the former Soviet Union and currently lives and works in Switzerland. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and earned her doctorate degree in Zurich University. Her postgraduate studies led her to the Biomedical Center of Basel University. For nearly two decades Dr. Wapf has been working in the clinical settings, industry and academia. Her professional interests lay in the diagnostic imaging field.