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History of Epilepsy

  • Thalia Valeta
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Abstract

Epilepsy has probably afflicted humans from their early evolution. Epilepsy has been one of the very few diseases that have been associated with so much medical and social attention, debate and misunderstanding. Patients with epilepsy, unlike many persons with other medical diseases, have been unfairly singled-out from medicine, religions and societies, prosecuted, and discriminated as being affected by magic, devils, or supernatural causes. The modern era is marked by significant advances in all aspects of epilepsy.

Keywords

Ancient times Babylonian tablet Hippocrates Scientific progress John Hughlings Jackson treatment Modern views 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thalia Valeta
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    • 2
  1. 1.First Neurology and Psychiatry ClinicUniversity of Athens, Aeginition HospitalAthensGreece
  2. 2.Department of Clinical Neurophysiology and EpilepsiesSt. Thomas’ HospitalLondonUK

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