The Neurological Emergence of Epilepsy

The National Hospital for the Paralysed and Epileptic (1870-1895)

  • Vasia Lekka

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 305)

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This book explores the emergence of epilepsy as a purely neurological disorder, in the second half of the nineteenth century. It focuses on the world’s first neurological hospital, the National Hospital for the Paralysed and Epileptic in London, and on its leading figure, John Hughlings Jackson (1835-1911). Through an analysis of the National Hospital’s medical records and a historical account of the course of epilepsy until our time, this book presents the nineteenth-century turn towards the scientific study of the human brain and the various political, social, ideological and epistemological implications of this major change. In spite of the recent trend of describing the history of mental illness, mental patients and psychiatric institutions, so far, neurology, epilepsy and epileptic patients have largely remained outside the scope of social historians, historians of medicine and social scientists. This book has the ambition to fill that gap. ​


History of Epilepsy History of Neurology Human Brain Industrial Revolution John Hughlings Jackson’s Case Notes Modern Epilepsy National Hospital for the Paralysed and Epileptic Neurological Disorder Scientific and Methodical Analyses Social and Cultural History of Medicine Sociology of Epileptics Steven Shapin Victorian England and the Historical Study of Epilepsy

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  • Vasia Lekka
    • 1
  1. 1.National and Kapodistrian University of AthensAthensGreece

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-06292-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-06293-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-7942
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