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This paper represents a unique study carried out by a team of physicians having diverse medical experience (practitioners, residents, students), who relying on own viewpoints positions came to a common understanding and began to consider epilepsy not only as a severe, chronic, and widespread brain disease, but also as a part of human culture reflected in many literary works. Our study was aimed at searching and analyzing available sources that describe a course of epilepsy and its impact on life of famous people as well as its role in society. Literary images created in diverse centuries and eras by writers who personally suffered from epilepsy (F.M. Dostoevsky, Edgar Allan Poe, Wilkie Collins, and many others) turned out to be so colorful and convincing that they sometimes anticipated appearance of the first descriptions in professional medical literature, and even lay down in their basis.

About the Authors

А. Yu. Ulitin
Almazov National Medical Research Center
Russian Federation

Alexey Yu. Ulitin – Dr. Med. Sc., Professor, Chief of Chair of Neurosurgery

RSCI SPIN-code: 7709-9500

2 Akkuratov Str., Saint Petersburg 197341

А. V. Vasilenko
Almazov National Medical Research Center
Russian Federation

Anna V. Vasilenko – Head Tutor, Associate Professor, Chair of Neurosurgery with a Course in Neurophysiology

Scopus Author ID: 35773656400
RSCI SPIN-code: 2730-3920

2 Akkuratov Str., Saint Petersburg 197341

A. V. Ivanenko
Almazov National Medical Research Center
Russian Federation

Andrey V. Ivanenko – Dr. Med. Sc., Associate Professor, Chair of Neurosurgery

Scopus Author ID: 26767826800
RSCI SPIN-code: 7882-9983

2 Akkuratov Str., Saint Petersburg 197341

S. S. Kolosov
Almazov National Medical Research Center
Russian Federation

Sergey S. Kolosov – Resident Physician, Chair of Neurosurgery

2 Akkuratov Str., Saint Petersburg 197341

I. А. Sokolov
Almazov National Medical Research Center
Russian Federation

Ivan A. Sokolov – Neurosurgeon, Postgraduate, Chair of Neurosurgery

RSCI SPIN-code: 2451-1272

2 Akkuratov Str., Saint Petersburg 197341

S. А. Turanov
Almazov National Medical Research Center
Russian Federation

Semen A. Turanov – Resident Physician, Chair of Neurosurgery

2 Akkuratov Str., Saint Petersburg 197341

G. А. Ulitin
Kirov Military Medical Academy
Russian Federation

Georgiy A. Ulitin – 4th-year Student

6 Academician Lebedev Str., Saint Petersburg 194044

А. А. Vinogradova
Saint Petersburg State University
Russian Federation

Arina A. Vinogradova – 4th-year Student

7-9 Universitetskaya Naberezhnaya, Saint Petersburg 199034


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For citations:

Ulitin А.Yu., Vasilenko А.V., Ivanenko A.V., Kolosov S.S., Sokolov I.А., Turanov S.А., Ulitin G.А., Vinogradova А.А. Epilepsy in literature. Epilepsy and paroxysmal conditions. 2023;15(2):193-201. (In Russ.)

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