Epilepsy Came Here A Long Time Ago And Never Left
Well known People With Epilepsy In The Past And In The Present
Epilepsy has effected humans for a very long time. It doesn't matter if someone is rich or poor, a king or a slave. Epilepsy still effects them.
The earliest reference to epilepsy was recorded in 500 B.C. in Mesopotamia where people had general Auras in which can make a person feel dizzy, effect vision, hearing, balance, and cause them to see things which are not there. These people also had convulsions, which included falling to the ground and uncontrollable shaking and twisting of body parts. These symptoms where accurately recorded.
In ancient times, people thought that people who had the convulsions , were possessed by demons or evil spirits, and tried to drive them out with magic and prayers. However, the auras where not believed to be the same. Ancient Greeks and Romans believed that people who had auras were supernatural beings or spiritual people. Ancient Egyptians painted them with halos around their heads. They were highly honored.
There are well known people in history who were recorded to have had epilepsy.
Dante - Author of The Divine Comedy. An epic poem, in which he writes about his journey through hell. He is shown that hell has nine circles, the middle of which is in the center of earth.
Napoleon Bonaparte- The first Emperor of France. Napoleon began war efforts against nearly every European power, which was not a good thing. Napoleon died in 1821.
Harreit Tubman- She developed epilepsy after receiving a head injury from her slave master. She was a wonderful woman, who after escaping from slavery, went back and help others to escape from slavery, by developing the Underground Railroad.
Henry Winkler - The man who played Fonzie on the television series 'Happy Days' which was on from 1974 to 1984 has epilepsy.
Prince- This American singer and song writer revealed in 2009, that he has epilepsy.
So, once again as history has shown us, when it comes to epilepsy, it does not matter if you are rich or poor, king or a slave. Epilepsy simply is what it is.