The Neurological Emergence of Epilepsy

The Neurological Emergence of Epilepsy

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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 worlda€™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 Hospitala€™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.As it was the case with the Manor House Asylum, the Holloway Sanatorium presents also some points that do actually ... age of the epileptic patients treated by Jackson, during the period 1870a€“1895, the following overall figures show up: in aanbsp;...

Title:The Neurological Emergence of Epilepsy
Author:Vasia Lekka
Publisher:Springer - 2014-06-19


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