The Case for Different Severity of Burns in "Contagious" versus "Possession" Seizures.

  title={The Case for Different Severity of Burns in "Contagious" versus "Possession" Seizures.},
  author={John Detoledo and Marshall F. Gilula and Merredith R. Lowe},
  journal={Epilepsy & behavior : E&B},
  volume={2 2},
Serious seizure-related burns are reportedly common in cultures that use ground fire for cooking, heating, or ceremonial purposes. The seriousness of injuries in these cases has been ascribed to the reluctance of bystanders to assist individuals having a seizure either because of fear of contagion (Africa, New Guinea highlands) or because of fear of revenge by the occult (Haiti). We report four Haitian patients who fell into open fires during an epileptic seizure in religious gatherings… CONTINUE READING

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