The Neurologist in Dante's Inferno

  title={The Neurologist in Dante's Inferno},
  author={Michele Augusto Riva and Iacopo Bellani and Lucio Tremolizzo and Lorenzo Lorusso and Carlo Ferrarese and Giancarlo Cesana},
  journal={European Neurology},
  pages={278 - 282}
The year 2015 marks the 750th birth anniversary of the Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265-1321). It is less known that Dante had a sound level of medical knowledge, probably derived by his academic studies. In his works, medieval notions of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology (e.g. the connection between brain and spinal cord, function of optic nerve and peripheral nerves, knowledge of vegetative nervous system) and descriptions of neurological disorders (e.g. epileptic seizures, effects on… 

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