Friday, September 30th, 2011

Hercules, on the face of this coin, was said by Aristotle to have suffered from epilepsy. Wikimedia Commons.

Humans have long suffered from epilepsy, the neurological disorder hallmarked by sudden seizures. Medical historian Howard Markel discusses the condition’s names through the millenia, from the “sacred disease” of ancient texts to its description as “the falling sickness” in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

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