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Epilepsy in famous persons

Fábio Galvão Dantas Clarissa Dantas Ribeiro Windsor Ramos da Silva Júnior About the authors

Persons with epilepsy almost always have been seen as lunatic, hysterical or insane people, mainly during medieval times. Thus, they were segregated and left beside social and scientific communities. Nevertheless, several famous persons have been described as suffering from epilepsy, and it is believed that at least some of their important contributions may have resulted from ictal and interictal epileptic phenomena. This paper reviews some evidences of epilepsy diagnosis in five famous persons, who left us a legacy of knowledge and a wonderful artistic production, in spite of having had a very suffering and difficult life.

Epilepsy; famous persons

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