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Stendhal's aphasic spells: the first report of transient ischemic attacks followed by stroke.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20375527     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In March 1841, the year before he died of acute stroke, Stendhal, one of the most famous French novelists of the 19th century, developed a series of short-lived speech impairments which he precisely reported in his correspondence. His reports suggest that these spells were aphasic transient ischemic attacks (TIAs). The accuracy and precision of Stendhal's description exactly 20 years before Broca's presentation at the Soci?t? d'Anthropologie is remarkable since it occurred at a time when TIAs had not been studied in the medical literature and aphasia was still in its 'prehistory'. Stendhal's TIAs a few months before his fatal stroke constitute the first historical report of the warning nature of TIAs, which would be emphasized only over 100 years later.
Julien Bogousslavsky; Gil Assal
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Biography; Historical Article; Journal Article; Portraits     Date:  2010-04-06
Journal Detail:
Title:  Frontiers of neurology and neuroscience     Volume:  27     ISSN:  1660-4431     ISO Abbreviation:  Front Neurol Neurosci     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-04-08     Completed Date:  2010-05-27     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101274949     Medline TA:  Front Neurol Neurosci     Country:  Switzerland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  130-42     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright (c) 2010 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Center for Brain and Nervous System Disorders, and Neurorehabilitation Services, Genolier Swiss Medical Network, Clinique Valmont, Montreux, Switzerland.
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MeSH Terms
Aphasia / etiology*,  history*
Famous Persons*
History, 19th Century
Ischemic Attack, Transient / complications*,  etiology
Medicine in Art*
Stroke / complications
Personal Name Subject
Personal Name Subject:
Henri-Marie Beyle

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