The Disease of the Moon: The Linguistic and Pathological Evolution of the English Term “Lunatic”

  title={The Disease of the Moon: The Linguistic and Pathological Evolution of the English Term “Lunatic”},
  author={Michele Augusto Riva and Lucio Tremolizzo and Mauro Spicci and Carlo Ferrarese and Giovanni De Vito and Giancarlo Cesana and Vittorio A. Sironi},
  journal={Journal of the History of the Neurosciences},
  pages={65 - 73}
The public opinion and the scientific community incorrectly believe that the English term “lunatic” was originally related only to insanity, but it also referred to epileptic people. The aim of this article is to clarify the original meaning of the English word “lunatic” by analyzing the evolution of the relationship between psychiatric and neurological diseases and by pointing out the influence of the moon in the history of medicine, in popular traditions, and in English literature. The… 

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