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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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Resection of the epileptogenic lesion abolishes seizures and reduces inflammatory cytokines of patients with temporal lobe epilepsy, J.
It is of interest here that the personality changes associated with temporal lobe epilepsy have been recently marshaled to explain the behavior of a range of historically significant figures.
Glosser G, Zwil A, Glosser D S, et al Psychiatric aspects of temporal lobe epilepsy before and after anterior temporal lobectomy.
Hippocampal atrophy is not a major determinant of regional hypometabolism in temporal lobe epilepsy.
are the recipients of a grant to pursue the development of adenosine-releasing brain implants for the treatment of temporal lobe epilepsy.
Helenor had been diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy and was given large doses of the drug Epilim (sodium valproate).
Saver and Rabin proposed that pointers toward the neural correlates of religious or spiritual experience can be found in studies of neural pathology (disease) such as those that accompany temporal lobe epilepsy, near-death experiences and drug-induced hallucinations.
The type of epilepsy that surgery can fix is called mesial temporal lobe epilepsy.
Today, he would probably be diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy, the best-understood cause of hypergraphia, Vincent van Gogh painted feverishly and turned out long letters to his brother Theo daily, exhibiting the incredible drive that is a component .
Before that, however, she was a pre-Vatican II nun who left her order, a student and teacher of English literature who was refused an advanced degree by Oxford University, a television writer and personality, and a sufferer of temporal lobe epilepsy, which went undiagnosed until she was in her 30s.