Article type: Original Research

PUBLISHED 1 March 1977

Volume 2 Issue 1

Epilepsy: The Social Consequences

Evelyn Muirden

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Evelyn Muirden


1 Epilepsy Foundation of Social Welfare, Victoria

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Epilepsy is one of the oldest and most mysterious conditions known to man. Although as long ago as 460 BC, Hypocrates claimed that seizures were due to afflictions of the brain, the myth has persisted until modern times that epilepsy is a manifestation of devil possession or a punishment of sin by God. The sudden onset of attacks and equally sudden disappearance only confirmed the long held view that supernatural powers were at work.

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