Room 6: Famous people who suffered from epilepsy
Epilepsy has nothing to do with mental disease or retardation. This has been proved beyond all doubt by the "epileptic geniuses", people who achieved great things in spite of suffering from epilepsy.
The following selection shows people who had epileptic seizures at a certain stage in their life or who suffered from a chronic form of epilepsy for many years.
The fact that hardly any women are to be found among the "famous epileptics" is not because statistically fewer women suffer from epilepsy than men (48 to 52), but can be explained by the social conditions prevalent in past eras. It was infinitely more difficult for women to become prominent figures than it was for men, thus it was deemed more interesting to pass on accounts of the life and deeds of men than to record the less spectacular achievements of women.
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