A pyramid skull of an epileptic (1901). Anthropological diagnose of a positivistic physician
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In the literature of Criminal Anthropology from the second half of the nineteenth century, we find several studies in which cranial malformation is linked to nervous mental diseases. In particular, in the Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, Criminal Anthropology and Related Sciences (original title: Rivista di Psichiatria Forense, Antropologia Criminale e Scienze Affini), discussions on epilepsy are reported [1, 2]. Pathology was already well known in antiquity as documented by historical sources [3, 4]. With this in mind, I want to recall a publication of a little known Italian physician-anthropologist Abele De Blasio (1858–1945)  in which the author highlighted the correlation between a seriously malformed skull and epilepsy. The article, entitled Pyramid skull in an epileptic, was published in 1901 . The author morphologically described a skull of a woman who died at the age of 52 in the Hospital of Incurabili (Naples). The woman suffered from epileptic seizures in her early...
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