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[Correspondence] George Gershwin’s death and Duret haemorrhage

George Gershwin (born Sept 26, 1898) was one of the greatest American composers in history. He died, aged 38 years on July 11, 1937, after surgery for his brain tumour. His olfactory hallucinations, a sign of temporal lobe epilepsy, had begun in early 1934,1–3 but he continued active musical works despite the gradual deterioration of his health status until several months before his premature death. His headaches, spells of blurred consciousness and abnormal behaviours, and other symptoms were ascribed to mental health problems.