Did all those famous people really have epilepsy?

@article{Hughes2005DidAT,
  title={Did all those famous people really have epilepsy?},
  author={John Russell Hughes},
  journal={Epilepsy \& Behavior},
  year={2005},
  volume={6},
  pages={115-139}
}
  • J. R. Hughes
  • Published 1 March 2005
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Epilepsy & Behavior

Epilepsy: creative sparks

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Some artists thought to have had epilepsy are described, and the way in which their seizures influenced their art appears that for some, they have succeeded despite, rather than because of, their epilepsy and that rather than be inspired by their symptoms they were ashamed of them.

Joan of Arc: Sanctity, witchcraft or epilepsy?

Did Vincent van Gogh eat fish?

[Dostoyevsky's epilepsy in the light of recent neurobiological data].

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According to new electrophysiology and imaging techniques ecstatic seizures--including the seizure onset of Dostoyevsky--could rather be connected to the insular cortex.

Was It Epilepsy?: Misdiagnosing Emily Dickinson (1830–1886)

TLDR
Dickinson’s medical history is reviewed to establish a differential diagnosis, in which epilepsy is considered and rejected, and a genetic strain of epilepsy in the Dickinson family is proposed, which is based on a hypothesis that Dickinson suffered from epilepsy.

Was It Epilepsy

TLDR
Lyndall Gordon's recent biography of Emily Dickinson tells with high verve the story of generational infighting over poet Emily Dickinson's posthumous presentation to the world, but reviews Dickinson's medical history to establish a differential diagnosis, in which epilepsy is considered and rejected.

Alice in Wonderland Syndrome as a Presenting Manifestation of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

TLDR
The first known case of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD, Heidenhain variant) that presented with symptoms of Alice in Wonderland syndrome is described, concluding that AIWS is not always as harmless as sometimes suggested, and that CJD must be part of its extensive differential diagnosis, notably in the presence of rapid cognitive decline.

História da epilepsia: um ponto de vista epistemológico

TLDR
The epilepsy history demonstrates the historical importance of the deductive-hypothetical method in the elucidation of the epilepsy physiopathogeny, masterfully done by John Hughlings Jackson, by means of scientific facts and socio-cultural interfaces.

Musical and poetic creativity and epilepsy

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