Hallmarks in the history of epilepsy: Epilepsy in antiquity

  title={Hallmarks in the history of epilepsy: Epilepsy in antiquity},
  author={Emmanouil Magiorkinis and Kalliopi Sidiropoulou and Aristidis Diamantis},
  journal={Epilepsy \& Behavior},
The purpose of this article is to highlight the hallmarks of epilepsy as a disease and symptom during antiquity and especially during Ancient Greece and Rome. A thorough study of texts, medical books, and reports along with a review of the available literature in PubMed was undertaken. Observations on epilepsy date back to the medical texts of the Assyrians and Babylonians, almost 2000 years B.C. Considered initially as a divine malady or demonic possession, epilepsy was demythologized by the… Expand
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