Epilepsy and Social Attitudes: An Historical Review of the Evolution of These Attitudes, With Emphasis on Developments During the Years 1935 to 1958
This colorful description of an epileptic attack was given to us by the poet Lucretius the Epicurean (95-55 B.C.). It is significant to note that very early in civilization, epilepsy was known and regarded with fear. It is a disease "older than man himself 2 for it affects other members of the animal kingdom." For centuries, epileptic seizures have been witnessed by man and the disease has been a matter of concern for philosophers, theologians, physicians, magicians, chemists, and scientists. As epilepsy has been the subject of observation, so also has it been the cause of fear and superstitious incantations. At times, epileptics were thought to be either possessed by demons or the outward symbol of control by a god or goddess.
Melody, Mary Theresa, "Epilepsy and Social Attitudes: An Historical Review of the Evolution of These Attitudes, With Emphasis on Developments During the Years 1935 to 1958" (1959). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30557756.