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Medical Aspects of the History of Epilepsy

  • Peter F. Bladin
  • Mervyn J. Eadie

Ancient and Medieval Epileptology

So florid may the manifestations of epilepsy be that it is hardly surprising that descriptions of epileptic seizures can be found quite early in recorded human history. Convulsive and partial seizures, attributed to the activities of demons, were described in the Babylonian cuneiform text of the Sakikku ( Fig. 6-1), dating from around 1050 BC.

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Epileptic Seizure Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Potassium Bromide Complex Partial Seizure Convulsive Seizure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter F. Bladin
    • 1
  • Mervyn J. Eadie
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of NeurologyAustin HospitalHeidelbergAustralia
  2. 2.Central Clinical SchoolUniversity of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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