Last Updated on Sep 25, 2020

Famous Personalities with epilepsy

Epilepsy has been around for a very very long time and finds mention in several old books and treatises. It has victimized several millions people, including kings and the paupers alike.

The condition has had a long history of existence, with its earliest description dating back to 5 BC in Mesapotamia when it was described as the ‘falling disease’. Considering the times that it existed, the disease was associated with evil spirits and demons and it took ancient physicians such as Atreya (India) and Hippocrates from Greece to draw attention to the fact that the disease has more to do with an impaired brain function and less with evil spirits.

Despite the scientific evidences, individuals with epilepsy continue to be stigmatized and are victims of prejudiced. Recently, however, a school of thought has emerged, which links epilepsy with genius although there is no hard-core evidence to substantiate the claim.

According to Jerome Engel, a neurologist at the University of California School of Medicine and author of ‘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."

It is however untrue that epilepsy maims a person for life. The list of personalities mentioned below provides ample evidence that epilepsy need not stand in the way of individuals and their achievements.

Some of the famous personalities with epilepsy are-

  1. Vincent van Gogh-Famous Dutch painter
  2. Julius Caeser-Roman emperor
  3. Lord Byron-English poet
  4. Napoleon Bonaparte-French emperor
  5. St.Paul-Apostle
  6. Pope Pius IX-erstwhile pope
  7. Alfred Nobel-Swedish chemist
  8. Joan Of Arc-French saint
  9. Moliere-French playwright
  10. Alexander the great
  11. Socrates-Greek philosopher
  12. Margaux Hemingway-American actress


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weller12 Sunday, August 28, 2016

My son Michael Mirai was born with a rare type of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome, also known as Severe Myoclonic Epilepsy of Infancy [SMEI]. This is a rare and catastrophic form of intractable epilepsy that begins in infancy. Individuals with SMEI suffer from intellectual disabilities as well as severe behavioral and development delays. All effort made to be sure he did not live his life miserably with deadly disease proof abortive. I have carried him to different Doctors, use different prescription drug all to no avail.
Dr. Lawson!!! (with tears of joy) I will forever be indebted to you. Your medicine worked perfectly well and now my son is cured of Epilepsy completely. Continue your good job......

shabar Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Planning to marry a girl, I have not even engaged with her as of now but i got to know she have fits. Her age is 23, she got fits at age of 14 and 18 for few min only and using medicines continuously. In last six years no problem with fits and still continously using medicine. SO please guide me, we can overcome this problem? after marriage If I will marry then in future, kids also affectng the same? Please suggest. Thanx, shabs

maruthi123 Monday, April 28, 2014

my 3.5 yrs son suffering fits for last one month. he gets unconcious for 5 -10 minutes, so we consult neurologist and done many tests like EEG, CT and MRI and all are normal hE is still and Dr. suggested us to use valprine 200mg syrup 5 ml daily we are using since last 10 days and again yesterday he got the same long will the treatment go and will he will be able to lead a healthy life in future.please suggest me.

poonamsach Tuesday, October 29, 2013

My father in law, he is 78 years he is epilepsy patient but from past 40 years he is normal, that to without tablets but in jan 31 he started vomiting we admitied him in hospital; they did MRI brain. There r 3 small clots but not treatable after 10 days he felt in a bathroom he told it was because of fit, again we consult dr. EEG done. They started medicine for fits 16 tab per day he is becoming dull day by day he was not able to walk or stand we were worried, as he is a dr he was not satisfied with his dr we change the dr. she stopped all tab and started levetiracetam ,then he was fine only incoherent talk was there doctor said that he is fiting inside the brain after two month he became violent he use to beat, shout , again we admit him he went in coma. after 20 days dr. told take him home and give him care and hop for best but after 1 and 1/2 month he came out from coma and start talking, eating no one believe not even dr. that he recover very well but again after 1 and 1/2 month he started becoming dull and on 7/9/2013 he had fit he bite his toung then again he was hospitalized he is in MICU in coma for12 days in room for8 days now after one month recovering ....what shill I do more for him, please help

rk2013 Wednesday, October 16, 2013

My daughter aged 13 years just suffered from fits for the first time. She attained age and the illness occurred on the 7th day morning of her second month's menstruation. She was partially unconscious for about 20 minutes followed with heavy vomiting several times. Doctor advised for several tests including ct scan. is it occurred due to some hormone changes in body, loss of blood ect? is it curable?

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