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Famous People With Epilepsy

Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci

“Epilepsy is one of the most often misdiagnosed, mistreated, or under-treated conditions affecting seniors,” – James Firman

Of the several disorders of the central nervous system (CNS), epilepsy remains a major cause of morbidity if not mortality. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there are about 50 million people with epilepsy worldwide, more than half not treated properly or not treated at all. Each year there are about 2 million new cases, half preventable. The worldwide prevalence of active epilepsy is between 4 and 10 per 1000 population.

According to Dr. Jerome Engel, Professor of Neurology at the University of California School of Medicine and author of the book Seizures and Epilepsy:

“There is no evidence that either epileptic seizures or a predisposition to epilepsy is capable of engendering exceptional talents. Rather, the occasional concurrence of epilepsy and genius most likely reflects the probability that a common disorder will at times afflict people with uncommon potential.”

Famous people who had epilepsy

Philosophers:

Napolean Bonaprter had epilepsy

1. Socrates
2. Pythagoras

Artists:
1. Leonardo da Vinci
2. Michelangelo
3. Vincent van Gogh

Authors:
1. Lord Byron
2. Charles Dickens
3. Edward Lear
4. Feodor Dostoevsky
5. Gustave Flaubert
6. Agatha Christie
7. Vachel Lindsay
8. Truman Capote

Statesmen:
1. Napoleon Bonaparte
2. Alexander the Great
3. Julius Caesar
4. Peter the Great

Composers:
1. Peter Tchaikovsky
2. Georg Freidrich Handel

Sulabh Shrestha

Intern doctor and Medical Blogger Sulabh Shrestha

2 thoughts on “Famous People With Epilepsy

  1. Talking about Napoleon, someone said that he died from stomach cancer. But I always believed he was murdered. Which one is it?

    1. Napolean’s death: Arsenic poisoning (murdered) or Stomach cancer?
      There always existed controversy between this and the main reason behind this is that the symptoms of stomach cancer and arsenic poisoning are very similar. Stomach pains, inability to hold food down and erratic bowel issues, general wasting away, and lack of appetite.

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