Epilepsy

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EPILEPSY, med. jur. A disease of the brain, which occurs in paroxysms, with uncertain intervals between them.
     2. These paroxysms are characterized by the loss of sensation, and convulsive motions of the muscles. When long continued and violent, this disease is very apt to end in dementia. (q.v.) It gradually destroys the memory, and impairs the intellect, and is one of the causes of an unsound mind. 8 Ves. 87. Vide Dig. 50, 16, 123; Id. 21, 1, 4, 5.

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He was also under treatment by a neurologist for grand mal epilepsy, which had started after surgery in 2000 for removal of an arachnoid cyst.
Anneliese was initially diagnosed by doctors as suffering from grand mal epilepsy, a condition of the brain that causes severe seizures.
Emily Rose'' is based on the true story of a German girl, Anneliese Michel, who, in 1968 at the age of 16, was diagnosed with grand mal epilepsy, characterized by seizures that at first turn the body rigid and then progress to uncontrolled jerking.