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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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This legend invokes the names of the magi, or Three Kings, supposed to be especially effective against falling sickness and fever.
Basing his inference on a narrative stone panel on the South Gate of the Sanchi stupa, Allen dismisses his hero as " a short, paunchy man, shorter than his wives, who kept having fainting fits." Was he prone to epilepsy, like Julius Caesar, who was said to have the " falling sickness"?
Galen, the Roman physician, prescribed parsley for falling sickness (epilepsy) and as a diuretic.