Sudden religious conversions in temporal lobe epilepsy

  title={Sudden religious conversions in temporal lobe epilepsy},
  author={Kenneth Dewhurst and A. W. Beard},
  journal={Epilepsy \& Behavior},
The ‘religiosity’ of the epileptic has been recognized since the time of Esquirol (1838) and Morel (1860). These, and later French workers (including Marchand and Ajuriaguerra, 1948), have sought to explain the epileptic's religiosity as being the result of his disability, social isolation and his enhanced need for the consolation of religion. A specific conversion experience after a fit was reported by Howden (1872–73). The patient believed that he was in Heaven. He would appear to have been… 

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